Proposition for the installation of a Community AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)
The Parish Council is considering funding the installation of a defibrillator in the village in the BT Phone Box and possibly another elsewhere if a single facility is deemed inadequate, where it might be attached to the outside wall of buildings with the owner’s consent (where an electrical supply can be provided and costs agreed with the owner of the building).
The costs involved, should we agree to the ‘Adopt a Phone Box Scheme’, are as follows:
- Defibrillator – around £1200;
- replacement batteries - £350
- an approved container that is lockable - £500
This container will need a low power electrical heater to keep the temperature above 5 degrees to keep the AED in working order. An approved electrician will need to connect the container to the electricity supply - £200 or volunteer effort.
The phone box will need to be adapted to host this container, with appropriate signage. The British Coating federation will provide, free of charge, paint to repaint the phone box. Other companies will undertake the complete renovation of the phone box at a cost.
The Parish Council would consider taking full responsibility for these costs on the basis that this is for the benefit of the entire community - village residents and their visitors/guests. However, there needs to be a group of volunteers ('Samaritans') who, ideally, would be trained in CPR and prepared to check the working of the equipment on a monthly basis.
If the Parish Council decides to purchase a defibrillator we must register with the Ambulance Service Community Response Manager who will advise on the best type of AED for the village and draw up a Memorandum of Understanding, involving designation of a ‘custodian’.
Training in CPR techniques will be made available to volunteers from the community (Samaritans) with an interest in supporting this initiative.
Once the defibrillator is installed, if a member of the public finds them self in the situation where they are alone with a heart attack victim they should phone 999 and follow the instructions from the Controller which is likely to be to start CPR and wait for ambulance to arrive. If there is another person present then one can start CPR while the other person goes for the defibrillator. Time is of the essence, and if it is possible to post a request for help via the communication group, then an available Samaritan should attend to assist with the CPR. The Controller will talk the defibrillator collector through getting access to the AED. When it arrives, the AED will tell the helper what to do. They do not need any training as the Controller will provide support in what to do.
The AED must be checked each month make sure it is in working order, the pads are in date and battery is charged. The Samaritans should agree a Rota for checking the equipment. Typically this will require purchasing pads every couple of years and a battery every 5 years.
It should also be checked after use at an incident by the designated custodian (as notified by the ambulance service) to ensure that the AED has been correctly re-installed and to replenish the pads.