SAMS has been lucky enough to receive the gift of an emergency automated defibrillator from a generous anonymous donor. The defibrillator is installed at the back of the main hall and is ready for use in a cardiac emergency by someone who has no medical training.

A first aid training programme has taken place so there is a high chance of someone who knows how to operate the machine being present if someone were to have a cardiac arrest in the building.

What is a defibrillator?

  • A defibrillator is an electrical device that delivers a shock to the heart
  • The aim of the shock to the heart muscle is to re-establish the heart’s rhythm when the heart has stopped beating

Where in SAMS is the defibrillator?

It’s attached to the wall at the back of the main hall, where the chairs are stacked.

How does it work?

  • pads are placed on the patient’s chest and a built-in computer checks the casualty’s heart rhythm
  • the device determines if a shock is needed
  • an automated voice tells the rescuer what to do next, usually “stand clear” and “press shock”
  • the device is very safe to use

What else do I need to do if someone collapses?

  • The defibrillator is used with cardiac massage as part of Basic Life Support.
  • Make sure someone has phoned 999 and asked for an urgent ambulance

This video from St John Ambulance demonstrates the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on a dummy.