The Windsor Community Defibrillator Partnership (WCDP) has been established by a small group of representatives from local organisations seeking to purchase and maintain strategically lifesaving equipment for the town.
Currently in the centre of Windsor we do not have any defibrillators that can be publicly accessed 24 hours a day. Several premises have equipment, but they are not accessible out of hours for a number of reasons, and none are in the town main thoroughfares.
There are two public access external defibrillators in the Eton area, one at Eton Town Council Offices the second at the Chemists at Eton Wick.
The initial aim of WCDP is to raise funds to install and maintain 10 public access defibrillators. A number of sites are being explored but the overarching objective is to have all areas covered. There will also be a community familiarisation programme in their use, though all defibrillators have built in instruction and are designed to require NO formal training.
We are seeking your assistance in providing financial support for this potentially lifesaving community initiative.
If you would like to sponsor a device or donate towards the scheme please contact Windsor Lions 0845 833 4749, or via Windsor Lions website or alternatively a member of the Windsor Community Defibrillator Partnership.
Paul Roach – Town Centre Manager
PCSO David Bullock – Street Angels
Chris Davies – Rotary Club of Windsor St George
Diane Purchase – Windsor Lions
Mike Sells – Windsor Lions
Committee members will be pleased to provide more information, as required. Contact can be made through Reception at the Council Offices at York House, Sheet Street, Windsor.
Community Defibrillator Frequently Asked Questions
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and Automatic External Defibrillators (AED)
What is the recommended treatment for SCA ?
Defibrillation is the only treatment proven to restore a normal heart rhythm. When used on a victim of SCA, the automated external defibrillator (AED) can be used to administer a lifesaving electric shock that restores the heart’s rhythm to normal. AEDs are designed to allow non-medical personnel to save lives.
How much time do I have to respond if someone has a SCA ?
Only minutes. Defibrillate within three minutes and the chances of survival are 70 percent. After 10 minutes, the chances of survival are negligible.
I know CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation), wouldn’t it help ?
CPR only buys a little more time, potentially giving the victim a small amount of extra time until a defibrillator arrives. But SCA ultimately requires a shock to restore a normal heart rhythm. As a result, most CPR training now also includes AED training.
Is an AED complicated to use ?
AEDs are very easy to use. An AED can be used by practically anyone who has been shown what to do. In fact, there are a number of cases where people with no training at all have saved lives.
Can a non-medical person make a mistake when using an AED ?
AEDs are safe to use by anyone who has been shown how to use them. The AED’s voice guides the rescuer through the steps involved in saving someone; for example, “apply pads to patient’s bare chest” (the pads themselves have pictures of where they should be placed) and “press red shock button.” Furthermore, safeguards have been designed into the unit precisely so that non-medical responders can’t use the AED to shock someone who doesn’t need a shock.
Can the AED itself make a mistake ?
It is unlikely. Studies show that AEDs interpret the victim’s heart rhythm more quickly and accurately than many trained emergency professionals. If the AED determines that no shock is needed, it will not allow a shock to be given.
Are there any legal or insurance implications?
There are no legal or insurance risks associated with using a defibrillator. There have been no cases of anyone being sued in the UK and no instances of claims from people receiving poor first aid attention in the UK; this is a health and safety myth.
Has anyone been revived by using an AED ?
AEDs were introduced in 2003 and have saved many many lives.