We are very fortunate in Scarning to have three defibrillators. These can be found in the telephone box outside the Village Hall (Dereham Road) and near the entrance to the school (Dereham Road). There is also a defibrillator at the Co op at the bottom of Swaffham Hill. Further details of their locations can be found here.
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. You don’t need to be trained to use a defibrillator – anyone can use it. There are instructions at the site.
Cardiac arrests can happen to anyone, at any time. You cannot deliver a shock accidentally, the defibrillator will only allow you to shock if it is needed.
The following steps gives someone the best chance of survival. If you come across someone in cardiac arrest:
- Call 999
- Start CPR
- Ask someone to bring a defibrillator if there’s one nearby
- Turn on the defibrillator and follow its instruction