Thanks to the generosity of rugby supporters a Defibrillator (AED) has recently been purchased and installed for the benefit of all the community at the Pirates ground in Penzance.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.
With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid and other first responder courses.
The machine has been installed on the outside wall by the entrance door to the club’s Squash courts and is for the benefit of the surrounding community as well as for those attending activities at the Pirates.
Whilst AEDs are designed to be simple to use, training in their use is considerable benefit and to this end a number of staff members and volunteers from the Pirates have recently been trained in their use by Leon Hosking, Head Trainer for the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity, with support also from RRMC founder Paul Williams.
Speaking on behalf of the Pirates, Phil Westren said:
“All present were glad they were able to attend, feeling that it was very worthwhile. Our thanks are also expressed to Leon and Paul, both for their conscientious support and for professionalism displayed in delivering the training.”
“It is also important for local residents and businesses to be aware that we have a Defibrillator on site - to act immediately, including telephoning 999, should an emergency arise.”