History of the Defibrillator
Richard Corbett died five years ago at a meeting of Shotteswell Parish Council, prompting residents – shocked by his sudden death –to work together to fund and set up a top-of the-range Cardiac Science Defibrillator.
The device has an AED locator, allowing it to automatically contact emergency services, and gives recorded instruction to users .
Resident Val Ingram, who helped secure £900 from the Big Lottery Fund to pay for the locator, said: “We’re delighted; everybody’s really chuffed because it gives people a better chance of surviving a heart attack. I was really upset when Mr Corbett died and went with his wife up to the hospital. We wanted to pay tribute to him whilst putting in a machine that might help save somebody else’s life.”
Mrs Ingram praised residents Hilary Wareing, Catherine Evans, David Booth and John Middleton, who carried out CPR on Mr Corbett until the ambulance arrived, and thanked Rosemary Higham-Stevens who donated £1,000 to pay for the defibrillator.
She said: “We just thought this might encourage other villages to follow our example.”
Villagers now plan to organise a training session with the new machine so all residents are comfortable using it.
The survival rate for people who suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in this country is between just four and five per cent, and Richard Tracey, South Central Ambulance Service’s community response manager, is calling for more defibrillators to be installed in Oxfordshire.
Mr Tracey estimates there are only 60 of the machines – which deliver an electric shock to the heart – in the county.
He said: “We need to give people early access to these defibrillators so they are available anywhere in the county within ten minutes. There is a lot of fear when it comes to using them, and understandably so as you will be giving a shock to the heart.” Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a time crucial life threatening medical emergency. It has been estimated if no active treatment is being administered, the chance of a successful resuscitation reduces by ten per cent per minute. A patient’s outcome will be significantly enhanced if they are given a shock from a defibrillator.
Several Banburyshire villages have already installed machines in their communities, as well as Banbury’s Spiceball Leisure Centre, which had to use it earlier this year. Mr Tracey said: “I regularly give talks to parish councils and I would welcome anybody to get in touch if they want to get any reassurances on how to use these machines.