Monday, 29 October 2018 11:07

Members learn how to use defibrillator

Written by Bobby Kerr

FOLLOWING the recent installation of a defibrillator at Helensburgh Tennis Club, two dozen members arrived on Saturday to be put through their paces on how to use the equipment.

The two courses were taken by a qualified instructor who went through how the equipment works and what you should do in the event of someone collapsing with a suspected cardiac arrest.

There are more and more AEDs — Automatic External Defibrillators — being installed in and around the Helensburgh area, and members were invited to the clubhouse to be shown how one day they could help save a life.

Without immediate treatment 90-95% of sudden cardiac arrest victims will die. If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within three to five minutes of cardiac arrest, their chances of survival increases from 6% to 74%.

For every minute that goes by where a victim of sudden cardiac arrest does not receive treatment, their chances of survival decreases by 10%.

The club funded the AED through their own funds, and president Keith Love said: “We were happy to fund this equipment as we see the huge benefit not only for members and visitors playing at the club but for those residents in and around the west end of the town.”

The AED is located at the entrance to the clubhouse.