De­fib­ril­la­tor for Craignure

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

LIFE- SAV­ING equip­ment is now avail­able at Craignure, on the isle of Mull, af­ter CalMac in­vested in heart­start de­fib­ril­la­tor equip­ment.

The port man­ager said the new ma­chine and trained staff could po­ten­tially help se­ri­ously-ill pas­sen­gers to make a good re­cov­ery.

Craignure is the lat­est CalMac lo­ca­tion to have its first-aid ca­pa­bil­ity boosted with a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

The ferry op­er­a­tor has the po­ten­tially life­sav­ing equip­ment avail­able at 15 ports, har­bours and slip­ways across its net­work and on all ves­sels.

CalMac port man­ager Iain Ersk­ine said: ‘ We have ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple be­com­ing se­ri­ously-ill in the port in the past. Now we have this equip­ment in place, at least we know we can do all we can to help them make a good re­cov­ery.’

Port staff have been trained in the use of the equip­ment but it is an open re­source that can also be used by mem­bers of the pub­lic in an emer­gency.

De­fib­ril­la­tion is an emer­gency med­i­cal tech­nique that uses an elec­tri­cal shock to re­set the nat­u­ral beat of the heart. Stud­ies have found that it can dra­mat­i­cally in­crease a pa­tient’s chance of sur­vival when suf­fer­ing car­diac ar­rest.

The Mull and Iona Com­mu­nity Trust has been work­ing hard to de­velop a net­work of pub­lic ac­cess de­fib­ril­la­tors around the is­lands and link­ing them into the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice.

The trust’s gen­eral man­ager Mo­ray Finch said: ‘Both Cale­do­nian MacBrayne and VisitS­cot­land are valu­able part­ners in our aim of build­ing a net­work of pub­lic ac­cess de­fib­ril­la­tors through­out Mull and Iona.

‘By pro­vid­ing the de­fib­ril­la­tor in a weath­er­proof cab­i­net in an area of very high foot­fall, it is very pos­si­ble that some­one’s life might be saved one day and, on be­half of the wider com­mu­nity, I would like to thank Cale­do­nian MacBrayne for its sup­port.’

Port build­ings on the is­lands are a pop­u­lar choice to lo­cate the equip­ment as they tend to be cen­tral and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble within com­mu­ni­ties.

CalMac has trained hun­dreds of staff mem­bers in their use.

CalMac port as­sis­tants Zena Hen­der­son and Pete Mor­ris­sey show the de­fib­ril­la­tor.

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