Attn Newsdesks/Local Reporters 

For immediate release: Friday 10 March 2017

SALMOND RALLIES BEHIND REGISTRATION TO RESUSCITATION CAMPAIGN

MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has today announced his backing of the Scottish Ambulance Service Registration to Resuscitation campaign, which appeals to communities to register potentially life-saving public access defibrillators on a dedicated website. 

The main aim of the Registration to Resuscitation campaign is to increase the number of public access defibrillators (PADs) registered with the Scottish Ambulance Service across Scotland.

A public access defibrillator (PAD) is used to administer an electric shock to a person who is experiencing a cardiac arrest.

PADs are designed to allow non-medical personnel to save lives. They are a key part of the chain of survival when a person experiences an out of hospital cardiac arrest:  Call 999, start CPR, use a defibrillator.
 

Speaking in support of the initiative, Mr Salmond said: 

 “Public access defibrillators can be found all over Scotland and are vital pieces of equipment in the crucial period following a cardiac arrest before the emergency services arrive. 

“There is  no legal obligation to register defibrillators, which is why the Scottish Ambulance Service have appealed to Gordon constituents to ensure that they know where they are. 

“I encourage all organisations, local businesses, community centres and any other facility with defibrillators in my constituency to register their devices on the Scottish Ambulance Service’s website. If you see a defibrillator when you are using any local facility"

Launching its Registration to Resuscitation campaign, the Service’s national resilience manager, Murray McEwan, said:

 “We are grateful to have Mr Salmond get behind our Registration to Resuscitation campaign as we know he works closely with community groups, projects and other organisations throughout the Gordon constituency.

“When someone experiences a cardiac arrest they are unconscious and not breathing, or not breathing normally, and their life is in immediate danger, which is why these defibrillators are so important.

“If we know where defibrillators are in every community, our call handlers may then be able to direct bystanders to a defibrillator in the event of somebody experiencing a cardiac arrest and talk them through action to take.

“This is a campaign which will help save more lives and everyone can really get behind. We need the custodians who look after these defibrillators to register them on our website: pad.scottishambulance.com.

“We are also working with the manufacturers as well as our partners, community leaders and community first responder groups to register as many of these defibrillators as possible.”

 ENDS

Notes to Editors

PADs are commonly found in schools, community centres, leisure facilities, sports clubs, football stadiums, shopping centres, railway stations, airports and other public places.

Anybody in Scotland can purchase a PAD or apply for funding.

There are five main suppliers of PADs — Laerdal, Physio-Control, WEL Medical, Zoll and Cardiac Science.

To register their device with the Scottish Ambulance Service, defibrillator owners should visit pad.scottishambulance.com and complete the short form online.

For further information, emails can be directed to: scotamb.communications@nhs.net