Back in October 2018, Higham residents were able to learn about the Defibrillator equipment that has been installed at the recreation ground in the village by Higham Parish Council.
Awareness sessions were organised to demonstrate the Defibrillator and people were invited to “have a go” using the training equipment.
These sessions were part of the ‘Restart a Heart’ campaign – a designated annual day of action with the aim to teach vital life-saving cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible – go to www.resus.org.uk for more details.
Sessions were held in 2018 when the equipment was first installed on the recreation ground in School Lane and so far around 200 people have been shown how to use the defibrillator.
The village equipment is located in the middle of the village and is accessible 24/7. What the the Parish Council is keen to see is additional defibrillators available in other locations around the village – we would like to install at least a further two. We are investigating avenues of funding and potential locations in the village where we can safely install the new equipment with the correct permissions. Keep checking the ‘Parish Notices’ here on our website for further updates.
When someone suffers cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by at least 7 – 10%.
Although Higham is a village with a large older population, defibrillators help save the lives of people of all ages; 12 -15 young people die from heart related causes each week.
Having equipment in easily accessible locations in local communities helps save lives.
- There are 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year. Chances of survival increase significantly with early access to CPR and defibrillation.