A potentially life-saving device has been installed in the heart of Little Common.
The Rotary Club of Senlac has donated a second Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) to the village.
The PAD is in a brief case sized box which has been fixed to the wall in the parade of shops at Cooden Sea Road by Cheese and Delicatessen and the Beauty Spot.
The PAD is available for public use in the event of a cardiac arrest emergency.
The easy to use device which gives clear, spoken instructions may make the difference between life and death if used until emergency assistance arrives. Training is not needed to use one.
Colin Goldsack, of Senlac Rotary, said: “After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces the chance of survival by 10 per cent.
“When someone calls 999, the operator will know the location of the nearest PAD and will be able to advise the caller if there is one nearby.
“The Rotary Club of Senlac have already donated a PAD which is installed in Little Common Community Centre and another at Galley Hill in Bexhill.
Defibrillators are very easy to use. When you call 999, the operator can tell you if there is a public access defibrillator nearby. Don’t delay or interrupt chest compressions to get it, send someone else.
The automated external defibrillator (AED) has been described as the single most important development in the treatment sudden cardiac arrest and has saved many lives.
The AED will analyse the heart’s electrical rhythm and if it detects a rhythm likely to respond to a shock, it will charge itself ready to deliver a shock.
Modern AEDs are very reliable and will not allow a shock to be given unless it is needed. They are also very safe for the operator to use.
The Rotary Club of Senlac meet on Wednesdays at 7.00 for 7.30pm at the Cooden Beach Hotel, Cooden Sea Road.
The club is proactive in organising events to raise money for charities and good causes.
This year it has already held a srping fair, a charity jazz supper and the annual Senlac Classic Car Show at Bodiam.
For more information on the club and details of how to join, visit their website at http://www.rotary1120.org/senlac/home.
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