St George’s has purchased an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). If you see someone collapse suddenly, check if the victim is responsive. If not, follow these three easy steps:
Have them send help. Stay on the line and listen for further instructions.
Start Chest Compressions
If the person is not breathing normally, start chest compressions. Push down hard and fast in the center of the chest. Keep your arms straight. Send someone to find an AED.
Use An AED
The AED (automated external defibrillator) is a portable medical device that delivers an electrical shock to restart a person’s heart. It provides voice prompts that tell you exactly what to do and will only administer a shock if needed, so there’s no reason to hesitate.
An excellent interactive video is available at: http://www.heartrescuenow.com
St. George’s is always looking for more volunteers to commit to training on the use of the AED. If you are willing to participate or want more info please contact:
Philip Burridge @705-726-2534 or firstname.lastname@example.org