A defibrillator is now available on Main Street in Forth thanks to a community fundraising effort. Forth & District Development Trust wish to thank all of the groups, businesses and individuals who donated time and money to ensure the project was a success. The campaign was also supported by the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme.
The defibrillator is registered with the Scottish Ambulance Service and is available 24/7.
A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and following the four steps in the chain of survival can help to increase the patient’s chances of survival.
Early Advanced Life Support
Defibrillators are easy to use and come with either verbal or visual step by step instructions. The machines are designed to be used by anyone with or without prior training. Anyone needing a defibrillator should call 999 in the first instance and the call handler will advise where the nearest one is and how to access it. If effective CPR and a defibrillator can be applied within the first 3-5 minutes of collapse the chances of survival for the victim can increase from 6%-74%. Without immediate treatment, 90%-95% of patients will die.
Thank you to everyone involved for working with us on this project, its great to see another machine available in the community.