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Drayton Bassett are Rescue Ready!

Today we have installed and commissioned our latest automatic external defibrillator (AED) at Drayton Bassett Village Club. Located on the left hand side of the main entrance, this defibrillator is available 24 hours a day for public use, in the event of a cardiac arrest. A huge thanks to the village club, it’s members and residents of Drayton Bassett and the parish council, who’ve raised the funds to purchase this life saving device. And the village club for agreeing to site the device. Thanks to all involved.018f3620d92900eec1f5480d6fd0b80557e4d209ca

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An AED Saved My Life!

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What started as a normal Sunday in June, quickly turned out to be a life changing day for Ben Thom-Wood.

Three years prior to June 2019, Ben had regularly swam between 80 and 100 lengths at the Snowdome swimming pool, Tamworth.

Being an active, fit and healthy man, Ben was unaware about the events that were just about to unfold. Nearing the end of his swimming session, Ben went into cardiac arrest.

A cardiac arrest is when your heart suddenly stops pumping blood round your body, commonly because of a problem with electrical signals in your heart. When your heart stops pumping blood, your brain is starved of oxygen. This causes you to fall unconscious and stop breathing. A term known as Clinically dead!

The excellent staff at the Snowdome immediately came to Ben’s rescue, removing him from the swimming pool and commenced CPR (CardioPulmonary Resuscitation) along with retrieving an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). The emergency services arrived on scene and worked on Ben, along with the staff from the Snowdome. The first shock delivered from the AED failed to re-start Bens heart. So another cycle of CPR commenced. After another 2 minutes of CPR the AED analysed the electrical activity in his heart. A shockable rhythm was detected in his heart this time round, resulting in the AED giving the instruction of ‘Shock advised’.  The second shock was delivered from the AED this time, with success. The conditions within the heart had been reset allowing his heart to start beating. Ben was brought back to life! Being critically ill Ben was rushed to hospital to receive further treatment. But he was alive!

The use of the AED along with CPR, almost certainly, saved Bens life.

Survival stories, such as Bens, are what make us even more passionate about what we do, as a charity. Every minute that passes in cardiac arrest without defibrillation, reduces the chances of survival by around 10%

You do not require any training/certification to use an AED. Just turn the device on and follow the instructions given. Don’t be a spectator. Spectators DON’T save lives.

Bolehall Swifts Installs AED

We are pleased to say, we have another AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) installed, live and ready to save lives, in Tamworth. This AED01c16a374f62029d931f1d0952cd2207f76a87813c is located at Bolehall Swifts on the right hand side of the driveway, just in front of the gates. This is available for public use 24 hours a day. This defibrillator was kindly donated from funds raised by customers & friends of Bolehall Swifts 2010, Bolehall Swifts FC, Ray Coggins in memory of Janet, Tamworth friendship club and Swinfen Hall staff lottery. A massive thank you, to all involved, raising funds to supply this life saving device, for the community.

‘Defib a Day’ – Day 5

Day 5 of Christopher Pincher’s ‘Defib a day’ campaign, highlighting defibrillator locations, in and around Tamworth and surrounding areas.
Highlighted, today, is the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) outside of Phillip Howard opticians, in the town centre. Available 24/7.

Defibrillator cabinets, come in many shapes, sizes and colours. This campaign, of highlighting these locations, is great to familiarise yourself with locations and know what to look for!

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‘Defib a Day’ – Day 4

Day 4 of ‘Defib a day’
Christopher Pincher’s campaign of highlighting AED (Automatic External Defibrillators) locations, in and around Tamworth and surrounding villiages. Today sees the location of the AED at Edingale Villiage Hall. Available for use, 24/7.

You can’t do any harm with an AED, as soon as the pads make contact with the patient, the device runs an ECG (ElectroCardioGram) which monitors the hearts electrical signals. The AED will only deliver a shock, if it determines the right conditions, in the heart.

‘Defib a Day’ – Day 3

Day 3 of ‘Defib a day’
A campaign by, MP Christopher Pincher, to identify a location of a defibrillator, in Tamworth, every day in August. Today sees the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) located on the side of Tamworth Enterprise Centre (formally the Phil Dix centre) facing the taxi rank.

In the event of ever needing to use an AED, simply turn on and follow the automated instructions. They are incredibly simple to use!

MP Christopher Pincher, Starts ‘Defib a Day’ Campaign.

67762621_10151106484799986_1786061428487094272_n.jpgMP Christopher Pincher, has spearheaded a campaign, highlighting the locations of AED’s (Automatic External Defibrillators) in and around Tamworth and surrounding villages. This campaign is running every day, throughout, August. Highlighting a different location, each day. This is a fantastic cause, engaging the public to familiarise themselves, with the locations of these life saving devices, identifying locations, many people may never of knew, existed. We are delighted, Christopher Pincher is running this campaign and supporting the work we do, as a charity.