Abbots Langley Parish council (ALPC) has uploaded the locations of all the defibrillators in the area to a helpful online map.
ALPC maintains nine Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) in the area, which are devices that restore a normal heartbeat by sending an electric pulse or shock to the heart. Survival rates for cardiac arrests improve significantly when defibrillation can be administered to a patient inside five minutes of the onset of a cardiac event.
With this in mind, ALPC has updated all its CPAD locations on what3words, a website and map which makes it much simpler to find a specific location. Its map divides the world into 3m x 3m squares.
ALPC clarified a few points about defibrillators on its website, saying: “The CPADs are installed in locked security cabinets. The code to access the unit is released by the ambulance service when they receive a 999 call and the control room operator identifies a patient is having a cardiac event.
“There are full instructions located next to each unit. No prior training is needed to operate a CPAD. The units we purchased have a graphic display which shows users where to locate the pads on a patient, it also delivers very clear spoken voice prompts. It will only administer a shock to a patient if it detects that the heart is in a condition where a shock is required.
“They are housed in a bright yellow cabinets and are clearly visible on the external walls of the buildings.”
For more information on the defibrillators’ locations, please visit abbotslangley-pc.gov.uk/defibrillators