The Croft

New Defibrillator at the Croft

New Defibrillator at the Croft

Pictured l/r George Wardroper, Sue Parsons, Jamie Kenyon and Stuart Orrell

The defibrillator is located close to residential areas and is within half a mile of a primary school, and nursing homes.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it's an essential life saving step in the chain of survival.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of premature death, but with immediate treatment many lives can be saved. SCA occurs because the electrical rhythm that controls the heart is replaced by a chaotic disorganised electrical rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF).

The quicker VF can be treated by defibrillation the greater the chance of successful resuscitation. Seconds count, and the ambulance service is unlikely to arrive quickly enough to resuscitate most victims.

Community manager Stuart Orrell said " We are very pleased to have been able to install this new defibrillator. It really is offering a valuable resource to the local community".