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Defibrillator Training at Kings Heath

21 June 2012

 W.Bro. Peter Curran

The ongoing project to help make defibrillators more accessible to the public continues. On Thursday 21st June, Kings Heath Masonic Hall played host to important life saving training.

A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that can be used in cases of cardiac arrest to give an electric shock to the heart. Cardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and, when someone has a cardiac arrest, defibrillation needs to be prompt: for every minute that passes without defibrillation chances of survival decrease by 14 per cent. Research shows that applying a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chances of survival.

 W.Bro. Peter Curran

Defibrillators, also known as automated external defibrillators (AEDs), need to be placed strategically in areas where there is a high incidence of cardiac arrest and where it's difficult for an ambulance to get quickly.

This training session (along with others) was arranged by the Province, with Masefield Lodge being represented by W.Bro. Phil Symes and W.Bro. Andy Birch. They joined with other Masons, including our Tyler W.Bro. Peter Curran, to learn just what to do in cases of cardiac arrest.

Here we can see W.Bro. Peter Curran working through the several procedures after having received his training.

 W.Bro. Peter Curran

After the training was complete, a defibrillator was commissioned and presented to W.Bro. Roy Harris on behalf of the Board of Directors of Kings Heath Masonic Halls. The defibrillator is now to be installed at the Masonic Hall, and, in the unfortunate event that such equipment is required, the Lodge Rooms now have qualified operators to cope in the event of an emergency.

This is a very worthwhile project and many thanks are owed to all the Provincial Team and Training Staff who came along and made the morning such a success.

Photos by W.Bro. Andy Birch.

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