AED Where it is and why it matters
After a very successful fund raising appeal, Metros bought an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to have available at as many sessions as possible, especially where we do not have immediate access to a public access defibrillator (PAD). We’ve now bought a second defbrillator from club funds so that all sessions are covered.
Hopefully, we’ll never have to use one; in case we ever do, all members should be aware of the following:
On Tuesdays, we have access to the AED in the tennis club – kept by the back door into the car park.
On other days the AED will be left in a car. Details of whose car, make and registration are in the SPOND invite – you may break the car window to get the AED.
To locate a nearer AED, ring 999.
WHAT TO DO
The British Heart Foundation has some excellent training videos. One on how to use a defibrillator and one on using CPR to save a life (while someone is fetching the AED and while waiting for the ambulance).
These are life skills which we’d recommend every member be aware of.
Here’s Bernie’s story which led to our appeal and purchase of an AED.
“We decided at long last to visit Bushy parkrun, however, John was persistent in making us walk, relax & take it all in. We got half way & the runner in-front had collapsed. After assessing the runner we called for someone to get the AED & dial 999 as fast as possible, while continuing chest compressions. The AED was desperately needed & thank God the Run Director raced the AED there by sprinting on a bike well ahead of the ambulance arriving.”
Bushy parkrun later sent an update that the runner was in a stable condition in hospital. Bernie saved a life by using the AED available.