Responders are trained in Basic Life Support, which means they can:

 - Clear and maintain the airway of an unconscious patient.
 - Administer oxygen to patients who are short of breath or who have chest pain.
 - Provide resuscitation and defibrillation when required.
 - Control haemorrhaging.
 - Reassure the patient.
- Take basic observations like pulse and respiratory rate.


 

Responders are particularly effective when called to a patient suffering a cardiac arrest (heart attack). Cardiac arrest patients have significantly better chances of survival if they receive early treatment, such as resuscitation and defibrillation. It is reported that through increased public awareness and the use of defibrillators, the pre-hospital survival rate of cardiac arrest patients has increased to between 25% and 30%. (Source: Dr Richard Cummins, Seattle, USA.) 

The Rural Community Responders receive monthly training and ongoing support from paramedics from the East of England Ambulance NHS Trust.


 

What's in the kit?
Every responder group has at least one kit, consisting of a holdall containing a semi-automatic defibrillator, equipment for airway management, blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter, bandages and other associated equipment. The kits are purchased purely through donations given by generous members of the public, local businesses and groups.