Gillespie & McLean – Giving Back To The Local Community
Gillespie & McLean Electrical Services are always proud to give back to and help the local community. Recently, we installed defibrillators at Bothwell Parish Church Centre and Special Days Cakes in Uddingston for G71 Action Group, free of charge.
You might also hear a defibrillator be called a defib, an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) or a PAD (Public Access Defibrillator).
A defibrillator provides a jolt of electricity to the heart which can help bring back the normal beating rhythm. This straightforward piece of equipment is easy to use and can be the difference between life and death.
In the case of an emergency, if someone’s heart suddenly stops, these defibrillators could save their lives. Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any time. For the best chance of survival, follow these steps:
- Call 999 immediately
- Start CPR
- Ask someone to bring a defibrillator if there is one close by
- Turn on the defibrillator and follow its instructions
If you would like to read more on how to use defibrillators, have a look at this guide: Resuscitation Centre.
How do these defibrillators work?
Once you’ve confirmed your casualty is unresponsive and not breathing, you must immediately call an ambulance, or ideally get someone else to call 999 for an ambulance while you start chest compression, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The sooner you start CPR the better the casualty’s chance of survival.
When the 999 call is made when possible switch to speakerphone, this lets the trained ambulance personnel talk you through what you need to be doing and give you emotional support.
Once the emergency service knows your location, the operator you speak to will tell you or your helper where the nearest AED is located and how far away it is, they will then give them the key code to unlock the case and enable them to bring the unit to the casualty.
Always remember the Chain of Survival – Early recognition of what’s wrong, early CPR, early Defibrillation and early transfer to professional help.
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