On Saturday 4th Jun, 5 members of the Keose/Keose Glebe Community attended CPR and Defibrillator training in Balallan.
This was a required condition of the villages here obtaining an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) device.
The importance of early response and intervention in heart attack incidents was starkly highlighted by the quoted survival rates—7% without timely aid,…rising to 74% if CPR, Defibrillation, Paramedics and appropriate post incident care are applied quickly and correctly.
This is all the more important for us here in rural communities, when even the fastest ambulance might be just too many vital minutes away.
These devices, (each unit costing up to £2000), are supplied in association with the charity Lucky2BHere (who will also provide ongoing support).
The devices automatically diagnose life threatening cardiac arrhythmias. It is then able to treat them on site through defibrillation.
Defibrillation is the application of electrical therapy which prevents the arrhythmia and allows the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.
AED’s are normally housed in either a grab bag, indoor cabinet or an external cabinet which requires an electrical feed.
The Keose unit will be kept on the external wall of the Meeting House, where a power supply will keep the battery charged and controlled at all times.
The community will be responsible for weekly checks that the green ‘ok’ light is on.
In Kinloch, the costs of acquisition were met by CnES Ward Funding and by a grant from the Muaitheabhal Community Windfarm Trust., so we are grateful to both these organisations for their assistance here.
The collection of £110 made on our opening day will also e forwarded to Lucky2BHere to support their work.
Thank you to Freddie Macleod, Ishbel Macdonald, Angus Smith, Calum D Carmichael and Ann Carmichael for representing the villages here, but it is important that as many people as people locally have the knowledge and ability to use the machine if required.
Further opportunities to take the 2 hour course will be available, and we will let you know when and where these are taking place.
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