DEFIBRILLATOR AT LLANGORS – 2016
Llangors Youth and Community Centre is very proud to have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) available for community use on the external wall, to the left of the main entrance. The defibrillator was purchased at a reduced cost from the British Heart Foundation. The money was raised by grants from Brecon Rotary Club and Brecon Lions Club and fundraising by committee members and local residents. The defibrillator is housed in a heated cabinet as it has to be maintained at a constant temperature. The cabinet was kindly donated and installed by Llangors Community Council.
The defibrillator was officially presented to the Community Centre at a coffee morning on October 27th 2016. Representatives from Brecon Rotary club, Brecon Lion’s Club and Llangors Community Council were present as well as Ms Jayne Lewis, Local Fundraiser for British Heart Foundation (BHF). The coffee morning raised £170 for BHF and Llangors Church in Wales Primary School held a fundraising day and raised a further £140.
Training on CPR and the use of the defibrillator is provided by a local trainer, Mr Martin Bevan, usually twice a year. Please look for details of training on the website, facebook or posters. It is recommended that people have an annual update. Hopefully, you will never be called upon to have to use it, but if you do, make sure you know what to do!
The defibrillator cabinet is unlocked and does not require a code to open it. Just grasp both sides of the front of the cabinet and pull down firmly. An alarm will go off but don’t panic, this is normal, take the defibrillator out quickly and shut the door, the alarm will then stop. Take the defibrillator to the casualty and use as instructed.
The Resuscitation Council (UK) 2015, states that defibrillation within 3 – 5 minutes of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 50 – 70% and that this can be achieved through public access defibrillation, when a bystander uses a nearby AED to deliver the first shock. Each minute of delay to defibrillation reduces the probability of survival to hospital discharge by 10%.