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Health practitioners donate defibrillator to Cricklade
THREE Cricklade health practitioners, who between them have notched up 90 years of service, are hoping to save lives by providing a defibrillator for the town.
Osteopath Jolyon Livingston, dentist Dennis Pearce and optometrist Andrew Rhys Evans are donating the machine as a heart-felt thank you to the people of Cricklade for their loyal support.
“When someone collapses with a heart attack whether they survive or not depends on time,” said Jolyon.
“The quicker the heart can be shocked back into a normal rhythm the better the outcome.
“We have each been in the town for more than 30 years and wanted to say thank you in some way. This provides a machine that means anyone collapsing in Cricklade will get help immediately.”
The defibrillator, which will be situated on the wall of Cricklade Dental Practice at 104 High Street, is designed to deliver an electric current through the chest, which shocks the heart back into a normal rhythm.
The machine itself analyses the heart rhythm and will never give unnecessary shocks, meaning it can be safely used by people with no medical training.
After a sudden cardiac arrest, the chances of survival decrease by 23 per cent every minute. Brain death starts after three minutes. Survival rates are five per cent with CPR alone and 50 per cent with defibrillation.
“To use the machine you first call 999 to alert the ambulance service who will give you an access code,” said Andrew.
“A series of voice commands and screen messages then guide you through the defibrillation process. It is very easy and safe to use.”
To raise awareness of the machine, the practitioners have put together a leaflet that will be delivered to houses in the area this month and have organised a demonstration for businesses on the High Street.
Dennis said: “This seemed like a very positive way of marking our years in the town and Cricklade Town Council has been very supportive of the idea.
“We are also very grateful to electrician Jim Burge who donated his time to install it.
“Hopefully the defibrillator will never have to be used but where they have been installed they are used on average once every two years.
“We have all had many happy years in Cricklade and hope this shows our appreciation.”
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