Life saving equipment has been installed in 34 venues across East Ayrshire and over 200 employees have been trained, through Heart Start and Stewarts First Aid, to save a life.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of premature death in the UK with 100,000 people dying every year. The chances of successful resuscitation are greatly increased when victims are treated quickly by defibrillation and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED) is critically important.
In response to this evidence, the Council and East Ayrshire Leisure began installing defibrillators in key buildings including community venues, sports centres and workplaces last year.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council visited Rosebank Day Care Centre to chat with the health and safety team, and service users, about the importance of installing defibrillators. He said: “We began by introducing defibrillators in key locations like sports centres and community centres, but took the important decision to install them in all major Council buildings, entertainment venues, secondary schools and adult learning and resource centres to ensure that this life saving equipment was available to as many people as possible. Training has also been rolled out to 200 employees and this will allow them to immediately assist someone should they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.”