South Eastern Group Chairman Mike Adams hosted a well-attended AED (automated external defibrillator) training event at Urmston Masonic Hall. It was the final of a two year series of visits to 18 Masonic halls throughout the Province of West Lancashire, where over 600 people have now been trained.
Sara Harris, a training instructor from the NHS Ambulance Service attended to give advice and instruction on the use of the defibrillation device which now is located in the Masonic hall. The (AED) defibrillation device, is one of 23 purchased by another Masonic order for use in the Masonic halls throughout the Province and was demonstrated by way of a full explanation of preparation, application and its operation when being applied in an emergency situation. The aspects of the devices maintenance after such use were also explained by Sara so as to ensure a continued, safe standby status.
Sara gave an understanding on the realisation of a symptomatic ‘patient’ going into cardiac arrest, the application of the defibrillator, followed by a full practical demonstration of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), giving 30 chest compressions (to the rhythm of the Bee Gee’s ‘Staying Alive’), followed with two breath’s to assist in inducing oxygen on the regularly ‘shocked’ and recovered cardiac dummy.
Fortunately, there were no real patients available for the demonstration that evening, but according to statistics quoted there are an estimated 60,000 ‘out of hospital cardiac arrests’ (OHCA’s), of which it is reported that approximately 80% of OHCA’s occur at home and 20% happen in public places. Only about 20% are in a ‘shockable rhythm’ (treatable by defibrillation) by the time the emergency services arrive.
Survival is much more likely when a shockable rhythm is present. The proportion of those people could be increased if more cardiac arrest victims received immediate and effective CPR from bystanders. The usefulness of charitable giving leading to the installation of these devices and the well organised training programme having been completed has already proved its effectiveness in having saved a life.
Sara’s invaluable training will assist and enable those attendees to be confident in using the AED should such an occasion ever occur.