SWI gets to the heart of the mat­ter

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

GATE­HOUSE SWI An­nie Mar­gare t greeted mem­bers of Gate­house SWI at their Fe­bru­ary meet­ing.

She wel­comed Pete, Pauline and Alan, vol­un­teer train­ers from the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion, who ex­plained what to do if some­one ap­pears to be suf­fer­ing from a car­diac arrest.

There are more than 30,000 car­diac ar­rests in the UK each year.

The over­all sur­vival rate in the UK is less than 1 in 10.

In a ru­ral area like Gate­house of Fleet an am­bu­lance may not ar­rive for be­tween 25-60 min­utes, so un­der­stand­ing what to do when a med­i­cal emer­gency oc­curs is im­por­tant.

Alan demon­strated re­sus­ci­tat­ing a Re­susci Anne while Pauline used the de­fib­ril­la­tor.

They then ex­plained what they had done.

If a per­son stops breath­ing Ca r d i o Pul­monary Re­sus­ci­ta­tion ( CPR) is started. In a real sit­u­a­tion the best place for the pa­tient to be is on the floor as a hard sur­face is es­sen­tial. Then do the fol­low­ing:

Check the breath­ing by look­ing down the cen­tre line of the body for 10 sec­onds, tip head back slightly and check mouth is clear.

For com­pres­sion put the heel of the hand (other hand on top) on the breast bone. Com­plete 30 com­pres­sions at about two per sec­ond.

Tilt head back­wards, open mouth and pinch nos­trils and take a deep breath form­ing a seal and give 2 res­cue breaths.

Go back to the com­pres­sions which are vi­tally im­por­tant to raise the blood pres­sure and send blood to the brain, lungs and other or­gans. In re­al­ity it is only pos­si­ble to main­tain com­pres­sions for around 15 or 20 min­utes so it is re­ally im­por­tant to get help from oth­ers.

A de­fib­ril­la­tor is an elec­tri­cal de­vice that pro­vides a shock to the heart when there is a lifethreat­en­ing ar­rhyth­mia present, mean­ing there is a very rapid er­ratic beat­ing of the heart.

The de­fib­ril­la­tor pro­vides an electric charge that ba­si­cally shocks the heart into briefly stop­ping so that it can then start rhyth­mi­cally con­tract­ing again.

Pauline went on the ex­plain about the use of the electric shock which is only ef­fec­tive in the first five min­utes of a car­diac arrest.

The pads need to ad­here to the skin and so tis­sues and a ra­zor are in­cluded in the pack to en­sure the ca­su­alty’s skin is dry and hair free.

No one should touch the ca­su­alty when the shock is given oth­er­wise the they will also get a se­vere shock.

It is hoped that a nor­mal heart rate will re­turn af­ter the shock of the de­fib­ril­la­tor.

In Gate­house there are de­fib­ril­la­tors at the Bank of Fleet, the golf course and soon there will be one in the porch of the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The ef­fec­tive use of a de­fib­ril­la­tor can in­crease the sur­vival rate af­ter a car­diac arrest from six per cent to 64 per cent so it is a vi­tal piece of equip­ment within the town and es­sen­tial that peo­ple know how to use it and are con­fi­dent in their abil­i­ties.

To en­cour­age mem­bers to feel more con­fi­dent they ‘had a go’ with the Re­susci Anne, un­der Alan’s watch­ful eye.

Heart to heart Tu­ition on CPR at SWI monthly meet­ing

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