PLAN OF ACTION
if you are considering purchasing a defibrillator then here are some action points you might like to consider:-
Secure funding: community engagement and acceptance is more likely if communities have contributed directly and/or helped raise funds. Donated/grant assisted defibrillators are good but not always felt to be community owned to the same degree. “It is not the defibrillators which saves lives but those willing to use them!”
We understand that defibrillators can be costly however there are some avenues that you can go down to assist you: We suggest you speak to your local community resuscitation charity. Their contact details can be found under the training tab at the top of the website.
You could also approach your local Council, rotary club, round table or hall committee with your suggestion of a defibrillator and they might have access to any funding help.
Defibrillator Siting: consider visibility, accessibility, start with high foot fall areas with target age group. Defibrillators should ideally be sited somewhere central in your community, which is accessible to the public, well lit and easily described (when the Ambulance Service direct someone to the cabinet).
Guardian System: We recommend a “Guardian” system. This is a member of the community who will check the cabinet and Defibrillator once a week, these are visual checks and very minimal. The cabinet and device will remain the responsibility of the organisation which funded and installed it or Local Resuscitation group if agreed.
Database: It is essential to keep records of equipment serial numbers/lot numbers/installation dates/installers details/expiry dates of consumables.
Awareness Sessions/training: whilst training is not essential, basic awareness sessions will make a rescuer more effective in a real event, they also raise awareness and the likelihood of use.