Volunteer life-savers celebrate charity gift of vital defibrillator

St Andrew’s First Aid – Ayr and Troon Company has recently been gifted an automated external defibrillator, courtesy of the Robert Barr Charitable Trust.

Ayr and Troon have 25 members and cover a variety of local duties, including those in South Ayrshire.

As a result, this 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, the company’s 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 per cent 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 life and death. Thanks to the generosity of the Robert Barr Charitable Trust, St Andrew’s First Aid – Ayr and Troon Company are fully equipped to provide potentially life-saving first aid assistance to the local community at events.”

If you would like further support or to find out more about St Andrew’s First Aid, visit www.firstaid.org.uk

St Andrew’s First Aid is Scotland’s dedicated first aid charity and has been the country’s preferred first aid provider for more than 100 years.

The organisation aims to preserve the lives of people across Scotland through the provision of high standard training and education initiatives, and emergency first aid at public events. Each year, Andrew’s First Aid teaches life-saving techniques to more than20,000 people.