For public use at anytime – if you suspect someone of having a heart attack call 999 and ask for the code to be able to access the defibrillator mounted on the wall at West Hallam Methodist Church.

Call 999 to get the code to open the box to be able to take the defibrillator
Once opened, the device will talk to you and explain everything you have to do when you get alongside the patient

Defibrillators will talk you through every step you have to perform, in how to use a defibrillator in the case of an emergency. Just follow the audible (spoken) instructions and you may save the persons life.

While the defibrillator is being collected
Remember, it is vital to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) on the patient while the defibrillator is being collected and before it is used on the patient.
How do you perform CPR?

Use DRABC – Danger – Response – Airway – Breathing – Circulation
1. Check the scene for safety or DANGER and form a first impression for your own security and safety before approaching the casualty.
2. If the casualty is unRESPONSEive. Check for responsiveness by shouting at or clapping near to them for a reaction. Also check for breathing, life threatening bleeding or other life-threatening conditions.
3. If the casualty does not respond to your shouting or clapping or is only gasping for breath, call 999 to ask for emergency services and tell someone to go and get the closest defibrillator to the scene.
4. Kneel beside the casualty. Place them on their back on a firm, flat surface.
5. Give 30 chest compressions
a) Hand position: two hands centred on the chest
b) Body position: shoulders directly over hands: elbows locked
c) Press down on the casualties chest at least 2 inches or 4cm
d) Keep pressing down at a rate of 100 to 120 times per minute. This means keep going fast
e) Allow the chest to return to the normal position after each compression
6. Give 2 breaths after 30 compressions
a) Open the airway to a past-neutral position using the head tilt/chin-lift technique
b) Pinch the nose shut, take a normal breath yourself, and make sure to completely seal over the casualties mouth
c) Ensure each breath lasts about 1 second and makes the casualties chest rise; allow air to exit from the casualty before giving the next breath

Please note: If the first breath does not make the casualties chest rise, re-tilt the head and ensure a proper seal before giving the second breath. If the second breath does not make the chest rise check the casualties airway for any blockages.

7. Keep giving sets of 30 chest compressions and 2 breaths, not stopping at any time for more than 10 seconds. Use an AED (defibrillator) as soon as one is available.

NB – Please return the defibrillator straight after use and notify the church that you have used it by calling 07729 665754 and leave a message if no one answers.
Or email and let us know
This is very important so that we can reset the device for the next emergency.