St Andrew's First Aid - University of Glasgow Company has recently been gifted an Automated External Defibrillator, courtesy of the Robert Barr Charitable Trust. Formed just over a month ago, St Andrew's First Aid's newest Corps Company is in the process of training 30 new volunteers, all aged between 18 years and 28 years old. The volunteers will cover a variety of local duties such as SPL and SFL football matches, rugby union games and Glasgow City Council events. Covering so many events increases the chances of volunteers having to deal with a First Aid emergency, such as a sudden cardiac arrest. In the case of a First Aid emergency, our volunteers are normally the first on the scene to administer Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) which keeps the heart oxygenated and ready for defibrillation. The chances of survival decrease by 7-10% for every minute that the casualty goes without defibrillation. On-site access to AEDs can literally be a life or death matter. Sudden cardiac arrest is defined as the unexpected cessation of the heart pumping blood and contrary to popular belief it is not the same as a 'heart attack'. Sudden cardiac arrest is the most prominent medical emergency in the world and kills 100,000 people a year in the UK*. Only one in a hundred people in Scotland survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest**. In the case of sudden cardiac arrest, defibrillation is the only effective therapy for a patient. AEDs are safe, effective and can be operated by non-medical personnel. Stephanie Stewart, Marketing and Fundraising Officer at St Andrew's First Aid said "In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, access to an AED can literally make the difference between a life and death situation. Thanks to the generosity of the Robert Barr Charitable Trust, St Andrew's First Aid - University of Glasgow Company are fully equipped to provide potentially life-saving First Aid assistance to the local community at events". Eleven Corps Companies from all over Scotland we awarded an AED courtesy of the Robert Barr Charitable Trust and these are now in the process of being delivered. Those companies who will receive an AED include Ayr and Troon, Cumnock and District, Methil, Dennistoun, Inverclyde, Clackmannanshire, East Kilbride, the Glasgow Executive Committee, North of Scotland Area Executive Committee and the Cycle Unit.Pictured are members of St Andrew's First Aid - University of Glasgow Company outside St Andrew's First Aid National Headquarters in Glasgow, with their newly received AED.
Some hot off the press news is that Scottish First Aid Week has been shortlisted for a prestigious Scottish Charity Award. We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Campaign of the Year category but we are also included in The People's Choice - Heart & Soul Award, sponsored by Martin Aitken & Co. This Award gives the general public the opportunity to vote for their favourite shortlisted organisation and we need your vote. Would you please go online at http://www.scvo.org.uk/vote/scottish-first-aid-week/ and cast your vote for St Andrew's First Aid?