Arrangements for Public Access Defibrillator Provision
The following outlines the Support for the Identification, Funding, Installation and Maintenance process for the supply and installation of Public Access defibrillators as adopted by RCDG
There are five stages which need to be considered:
Stage 1 – Identification of a possible Site
This is done by consultation with South Central Ambulance Services (SCAS) and the Frist Responder Team. Where a site is proposed it has to have SCAS approval before any further action is taken. The reason for this is that we (RCDG) work closely with SCAS to ensure we are directing any funding to an approved site. Failure to gain approval also may compromise any funding approach to the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
The chosen site needs to have easy 24/7 access by the general public and have a constant 2.5 amp 220V electrical supply.
Stage 2 – Gaining Funding Support
Once a site has SCAS approval the RCDG will seek to gain funding from the British Heart Foundation which may, if granted, take the form of help with a Defibrillator unit or fully fund a complete installation. This is dependent on how much Government funding is being made available at the time of the application. A complete installation includes a Defibrillator, a Defibrillator Safe Cabinet, a set of Pads, a starter kit and a ten year maintenance agreement with the supplier*. A total cost of £1,800.
It is also expected that the proposer will look for funding to supplement that being carried out by RCDG from local organisations and community leaders to raise a sum of a minimum of 50% of the costs involved, the exact sum being dependent upon the funding available to the RCDG through grants and donations for the particular site. Help to identify likely sources of funding will be given by the RCDG. The RCDG will approach the BHF and other charities and organisations to look for funding of the balance.
Where appropriate funds raised by RCDG may also be included. In order to attract the best possible return from individual investors we would request that it is considered that any public donations are Gift Aided through the RCDG account, in this way a benefit of 25% is gained on the original donation.
Stage 3 – Installation
Once the full funding has been obtained an order will be placed by RCDG for the unit required. If part funded by the BHF then the order for the defibrillator will be placed by them and that for the Cabinet safe by RCDG.
A ‘Keeper’ for the unit is to be advised by the proposer to RCDG to ensure that the unit is available and in good working condition. The Keeper is required to check on a monthly basis that all the equipment is functioning. This requires a simple visual inspection to check that the unit has a change and that the electrical supply is operating.
Installation can be carried out by RCDG using a qualified electrician or by the proposer and checked by RCDG. Once installed the Defibrillator will be charged by RCDG and placed into the safe ready for use. At this stage SCAS will be notified of the completed installation by RCDG and a request made for it to be included into the network.
Stage 4 – Training
Once installed and logged an Awareness and Confidence’ training session is to be organised, including publicising the event through local media outlets. This should be arranged through a local village organisation and held on a date when it is normal for them to meet. Organisations such as the WI, Residents Associations and parish Councils are very useful in hosting such events.
The training is carried out by Qualified First Responders familiar with the use of Defibrillators and supported by RCDG. Training information and practice dummies will be supplied by RCDG if a grant from the BHF has been obtained. Refresher training can be held from time to time should it be felt necessary.
Stage 5 – Maintenance
The Keeper will be required to make a monthly return advising if any action related to the Defibrillator is required. This includes whether the unit has been accessed and the disposable Pads used. Battery condition and general repair is also to be included. All is completed by a simple visual check and no knowledge of technical issues is required.
The RCDG will take out a ten year extended warranty for the equipment with the supplier to ensure that future costs are kept to a minimum. Ongoing funding for any replacement units will be undertaken with all interested parties.