A defibrillator is used to save the lives of people who experience sudden cardiac arrest (a heart attack). We have two automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Bourn, one located on the external wall of the village hall and one located on the external wall of the sports pavilion.

A defibrillator is used to save the lives of people who experience sudden cardiac arrest (a heart attack). They restore a normal heartbeat by sending an electric pulse or shock to the heart. They are used to restore the heart’s beating if the heart suddenly stops prevent or correct an arrhythmia, a heartbeat that is uneven or that is too slow or too fast. Our defibrillators work on both adults and children.

What to do

If you witness someone having a heart attack, you have 10 minutes to respond. Call 999 and ask for the Ambulance Service. They will advise whether you need an AED and if so the location of the nearest one and the access code to open the cabinet. Send someone to retrieve the AED as fast as possible and while they are doing this apply cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), switch it on and follow the voice prompts. The AED will measure the pattern of the heartbeat and if it determines that a shock is required, it will warn you and administer the electric shock. If the heartbeat is absent or not suitable for shocking, you should continue to administer CPR until the Ambulance arrives.

Further information about defibrillators