Staff and clients at the Dumbarton East End Day Centre in Bruce Street.
By Moira Rodger
Two life-saving defibrillators have been installed at Bruce Street Day Centre, off Glasgow Road, Dumbarton, and will be added to the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) register.
West Dunbartonshire Council agreed to invest £50,000 to increase the number of automated external defibrillators (AED) in West Dunbartonshire following the launch of a public awareness campaign urging businesses and local organisations to register their units. The centre received donations from service users, parents and carers, and money raised through fundraising will pay for maintenance including batteries and new pads.
The two light weight portable defibrillators are installed inside and outside the centre, can be operated by non-medical personnel who have been trained in CPR. The device delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart and can keep someone alive until emergency help arrives.
The council, which has a number of the potentially life-saving devices on site at buildings and schools across the area, has been working in partnership with Heartstart and the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) to highlight the importance of defibrillators in the community.
Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Chair of West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, has supported the campaign from the start and was a driver in gaining cross party support to invest £50,000 in the live saving equipment.
Cllr McNair, said: “I am pleased to see two additional units being installed in West Dunbartonshire which will be a great comfort to the residents who use the centre. It is great to see our strong partnership continuing with Heartstart and the Scottish Ambulance Service in installing these devices locally and training people to use the units. Thanks to everyone involved in securing these two new until which will be added to the register in West Dunbartonshire and there for residents to use in an emergency.”
Allan Macleod, Chair of West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “These units will be a welcomed addition to the centre and will reassure visitors that in the event of an emergency trained staff will be able to assist until medics arrive. As a partnership we are still calling on business, organisations and community groups to build an accurate register of where these life -saving machines are fitted. The register is being compiled by the Scottish Ambulance Service’s R2R (Register to Resuscitate) and will help direct someone to their nearest machine in the event of an emergency. These machines are saving lives and I would urge people to make sure every machine in West Dunbartonshire is registered.”
The location of your nearest defibrillator can be found on an APP which you can add to you mobile phone to access in an emergency. http://www.trossachsdefibrillator.co.uk
The Register to Resuscitation Scheme is backed by British Heart Foundation, which says that cardiac arrest outside of hospital is the most common, life-threatening emergency. Fewer lives would be needlessly lost if more people felt confident using CPR skills and more defibrillators were available in public places. Registration is easy, can save lives, and can be carried out online at https://pad.scottishambulance.com