Heartstart Thatcham, who teach Emergency Life Support skills for free, were present in the Kennet Centre on 31st Jan 2015 to mark the installation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at the venue. A cardiac arrest is where the heart is no longer pumping blood around the body and is usually in the form of Ventricular Fibrilation. It is vital CPR is started as soon as possible but to give the best possible chance of survival an AED is used with CPR. An AED will shock the heart but will only do so if required, it cannot be applied if no shock is needed.
2nd February 2015
23rd December 2014
Christmas time again and the New Year will soon be here. We thought this would be an appropriate time to have a review not only of the last year but what we have achieved sine we started. Starting simple, here are a few facts about us:
15th November 2014
A Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) was recently installed at Henwick Worthy Sports Ground, a device that could save a life for someone in cardiac arrest. The device is designed to be used and accessed by the public. A cardiac arrest may be caused as the result of a heart attack, it may be the person has a heart condition, it may just be spontaneous, but having both Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) started as soon as possible and a defibrillator to hand increases the chance of survival significantly.
12th November 2014
We would like to say a big thank you to the Young Corn Exchange who put on a Fundraising Event for three charities on the 28th October 2014. The three charities were the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, the Cardiac Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital and Heartstart Thatcham. There was a fantastic show of talent from a range of performers including music and comedy.
18th September 2014
PC Kieren Baker took a team from Thames Valley Police with him to climb a mountain, Pen Y Fan, on 16th October 2014. Earlier this year PC Baker along with many friends took part in the Bayer 10k race. Near to the finish line one of his friends collapsed suffering a cardiac arrest. PC Baker stepped in and performed Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Luckily there was an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on a nearby first aid station, which was used to restore the heart of the casualty into rhythm.