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Falkirk store takes delivery of life saving kit

Stuart Ballantyne of the Scottish Ambulance Service explains to Mr Matheson how the defibrillator works

Stuart Ballantyne of the Scottish Ambulance Service explains to Mr Matheson how the defibrillator works

 

Public health minister Michael Matheson MSP was invited along when Asda Falkirk took delivery of a vital piece of potentially life saving equipment.

As part of its partnership with the British Heart Foundation the superstore giant is providing defibrillators in all its stores to be used to help any customer who suffers a heart attack.

Staff have been trained how to use it in the event of an emergency by experts from the Scottish Ambulance Service.

A defibrillator delivers an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest. Chances of surviving an attack fall by 10 per cent for every minute without CPR and defibrillation.

Mr Matheson said: “A major company working with the third sector and the public sector to support local communities across Scotland will ultimately save lives.”

Store manager Paul Traynor said: “We want the people of Falkirk to have the best chance of survival if cardiac arrest strikes.

‘‘Using the defibrillator while waiting the few minutes for the ambulance to arrive will give a sufferer the best possible chance.”

 

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