Looking for ways your organisation can give back to the local community?

Purchase an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and register it for public access on the Scottish Ambulance Service website.

The UK Resuscitation Council (UK RC) guidelines indicate that AEDs are designed to be used by everyone, trained or untrained.*

The UK RC guidance demonstrates that having an AED available in the community claims greater chances of survival can be achieved if an existing AED cannot be at the casualty within 5 minutes of the sudden cardiac arrest event happening.

Every year 3,500 people in Scotland suffer from an Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA). That’s around 70 people a week. Sadly, only 1 in 20 will survive to leave hospital. **

Unlike a heart attack, OHCA does not discriminate; it can happen to anyone of any age, gender or health condition at any time. OHCA is an electrical problem with the heart known as fibrillation, a heart attack is caused by a blockage in the heart. Both can be fatal.

OHCA can only be treated with CPR and defibrillation, shocking the heart back into a normal rhythm once CPR has pumped the heart into a shockable rhythm. If the heart has stopped completely only CPR will be effective until this point, however a defibrillator can help monitor the rhythm – ready to shock if fibrillation occurs. CPR is an essential life skill and is easy to learn, however new technology means that AEDs can monitor CPR and offer advice to the first aider in real time on how to keep administering it effectively e.g. the ZOLL AED 3.

Both large and small organisations who reside in either city centres or rural areas should have a responsibility to their community. As a landmark building, a recognised brand or simply, conveniently located – your organisation could save lives by having an AED on site.

Jim Dorman, Operations and Policy Director at St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd said:
Scottish organisations have the opportunity to potentially improve OHCA survival rates across the country. Each minute after the initial OHCA reduces chances of survival up to 23% and having an accessible AED nearby can really make a difference. Recognised brands, independent businesses and community centres have a duty to care for those around them – purchasing and registering an AED is a step in the right direction.”

AEDS can be purchased by organisations and placed outside the building in a protective case so that it may be accessed by members of the public at any time. Alternatively, it can be kept inside for access during the organisation’s working hours. In both cases the machine should also be registered on the Scottish Ambulance Services’ website, meaning that emergency services can advise on its location if an incident occurs nearby.

What better way to secure your business’s place at the heart of the local community?
For more information on the AED models and what bundle offers are available click here.

* https://www.resus.org.uk/resuscitation-guidelines/
** http://www.savealife.scot/about/

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