Do You Know Where Your Nearest 24 Hour Defibrillator Is?

By Jane Cruickshank / November 16, 2020
yellow defibrillator box

JIM Stephen of Stonehaven and District Community Council does, because he is now maintaining all of these units.

And at Tuesday’s meeting of SDCC he sought permission from his colleagues to pay for upkeep costs as and when needed – rather than waiting for the go-ahead at a meeting.

Stonehaven has five defibrillators which can be accessed at any time:

Fire station
Jim Glennie all weather pitches at Mineralwell Park
Station Hotel
Market Square
Harbour – lifeboat shed

If you are fetching a defibrillator, remember to take your phone as an access code is required and supplied by the emergency services.

Units need regular servicing

Mr Stephen told his fellow members the machines need new pads every six months, whether they have been used or not. These pads cost £70.

And the battery packs also have to be looked after.

Asking that such expenditure can be undertaken as and when needed, Mr Stephen said: ”We are dealing with lives here.”

”We can’t wait for a monthly meeting to get the money for a pad,” he added.

As SDCC have £1613 set aside for defibrillator costs it was agreed invoices could be dealt with as and when needed then reported to committee.

New SDCC member David Lawman also volunteered to help Mr Stephen in the maintenance of the units.

Life-saving Devices

According to the British Heart Foundation: ”A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest.”

4 steps to take if someone is having a cardiac arrest

Cardiac arrests can happen to anyone, at any time. The following steps give someone the best chance of survival. If you come across someone in cardiac arrest:

  1. Call 999
  2. Start CPR
  3. Ask someone to bring a defibrillator if there’s one nearby
  4. Turn on the defibrillator and follow its instructions.

For more information, read this guide to defibrillators from the Resuscitation Council.