Four new defibrillators have been installed in Paisley town centre.
Our First Aid training session last autumn highlighted the lack of available defibrillators in the town centre, especially out of hours, with the only defibs available at the Lagoon Leisure, Renfrewshire Council HQ and at the Paisley Centre.
Two of our new defibrillators have been located in local pubs to cater for emergencies in the evenings – huge thanks to staff at Kennedy’s Bar in Causeyside St and the Anchor Bar in Gauze St.
Also thanks to both the Piazza Shopping Centre and Leisureland, where we have installed two public access defibrillators on the outside walls of the Piazza Shopping Centre facing out onto County Square, and at the top of the High Street, for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week access.
So if you need a defibrillator in an emergency, the 999 call handler will know where the nearest one is and tell you the security code to open the stainless steel cabinet for one of the public access cabinets.
You don’t need to be trained to use a defibrillator – anyone can use it. There are clear instructions on how to attach the defibrillator pads. It then assesses the heart rhythm and will only instruct you to deliver a shock if it’s needed.
CPR alone saves just 9% of people who suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest. CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) increases the chance of survival five-fold to 50%.
We have held three further first aid training sessions for our local businesses this year, all working together to create a Safer Paisley for visitors and locals alike.