Kintore is to get a life-saving emergency Public Access Defibrillator (PAD), thanks to the efforts of Kintore and District Community Council.
Defibrillators of this type (pictured above is the PAD located in the main street of the village of Plockton) have already saved hundreds of lives in communities where they are available for immediate response.
Speed is of the essence. In the event of a cardiac arrest, there are between three and five minutes in which to restart the heart. The chance of survival decreases by 7% for each minute in the first three minutes and 10% for each minute thereafter. In these circumstances rapid access to a defibrillator is a proven lifesaver.
The PAD must therefore be easily accessible for quick access to be taken to treat the victim.
This is where you come in.
The community council has secured a defibrillator for the community through an initiative of the Scottish Government and the Scottish Ambulance Service.
“I think it should be somewhere around The Square,” says Kintore and District Community Council Chairman Brian Johnstone, “in clear sight of all passers by so they know it is there, is easilly accessible and being in an open position would hopefully deter it from being vandalised.”
Now we are looking for your suggestions of exactly where the defibrillator should be mounted on a wall. Please send your suggestions to email@example.com
, or go the Kintore.org.uk Facebook Page
and post your suggestion as a comment on the post about the defibrillator.
PADs are automated and designed to be used by anyone, even with no previous training in PAD use. The equipment automatically prompts and guides the user through the set-up and automatically diagnoses the patient, only delivering a shock if it is required.
This really is a tremendous asset for our community. We look forward to your support in identifying the best location for the PAD, finding out more about its operation and your vigilance in ensuring that it remains in serviceable condition 24 hours a day, 365 days of every year.
We may also want to fundraise for additional PADs in Kintore, given that they need to be where they can reach cardiac victims in three to five minutes.
Look out for information when and where the PAD is installed.
By familiarising yourself with the location and taking time to learn about the PADs we can potentially save lives.