New seafront defibrillator can ‘make the difference’ in a life or death emergency

PUBLISHED: 06:30 26 March 2016

Station mechanic Andy Williams with James Searle, operations manager for South Western ambulance service and crew member at the lifeboat station.

Station mechanic Andy Williams with James Searle, operations manager for South Western ambulance service and crew member at the lifeboat station.

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‘Cardiac arrest does not discriminate’ – that’s the message after a defibrillator was fixed to the outside of the RNLI lifeboat station on Exmouth seafront.

The lifesaving device, part funded by crew members, will be available for any member of public to use.

The nearest available defibrillator for beachgoers had been in Exmouth town centre, on the outside of Frankins, in The Strand, nearly a mile away.

RNLI crew member James Searle, who is also a paramedic operations manager for South Western Ambulance Service, believes the device could be the difference when it comes to saving someone’s life.

He said: “You can imagine the transient population of Exmouth seafront increases in the summer and we have an excellent level of ambulance cover in Exmouth, but every second counts.

“The defibrillator will give the paramedics every possible chance of helping when they arrive.”

A spokesman for RNLI Exmouth said they had a couple incidents last year where volunteers had to use their ‘casualty care’ skills.

If someone rings 999 from the seafront they will be told that there is a life-saving device at the lifeboat station.

A defibrillator analyses the heart rhythm and determines if a shock is required.

An electric current is delivered to the heart through the victim’s chest wall through adhesive electrode pads.

The shock delivered by a cardiac defibrillator interrupts the chaotic rhythm and allows it to return to normal.

Automatic or semi-automatic defibrillators are easy and safe to use by anyone with little or no training.

The device talks the user through the process and displays what you need to do.


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