Would you know what to do in the case of an emergency? Hopefully, none of us will ever need to perform life-saving skills, but it’s reassuring to know what lifesaving equipment is available if it’s required. Heathhall Business Centre now has a Public Access Defibrillator thanks to Dumfries business owner Richie Nicoll.
In December 2018, Richie, owner of Dumfries business Galloglas Security and Logistics Ltd shared the cost of a lifesaving defibrillator with Heathhall Business Centre.
“We’re delighted to report that the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is now installed outside our main office on the Industrial Estate on Bomber Harris Green.”
Why Defibrillators Save Lives
Each year in Britain around 30,000 people are struck by sudden cardiac arrest outside hospital environments. They can affect anyone at any time – from young children at school to adults at home, work or in public places.
How would you recognise a cardiac arrest?
A cardiac arrest happens when the heart stops pumping blood around your body. If someone has suddenly collapsed, is not breathing normally and is unresponsive, they are in cardiac arrest.
So what should you do?
The lifesaving device at Heathhall Business Centre is in a locked cabinet which is accessed using a keycode held by the Scottish Ambulance Service. If you encounter someone in cardiac arrest, all you need to do is call 999 and give the operator the location of the defibrillator. While you’re on the line you’ll be given a code which unlocks the cabinet and gives you access to the defibrillator. You will then be completely guided through the process of using the automated defibrillator with audible and visual aids.
Although there are various makers of publicly accessible defibrillators, they all work in the same basic way with easy to follow audio and visual prompts and instructions. They are designed to be used by anyone – and no training or experience is necessary, although training is available – and Galloglas Security and Logistics Ltd will be happy to discuss this with you.