Friday, 21 February 2014

Call for defibrillators in schools

Saltcoats & Stevenston Independent councillor Ronnie McNicol will this week ask that North Ayrshire Council looks at introducing potentially life-saving medical equipment to local secondary schools.

Cllr McNicol has tabled a Motion to be heard at a Council meeting on Wednesday (February 19), in which he reveals that no public buildings in North Ayrshire have been provided with defibrillators. The machines are used in cases of cardiac arrest where the heart has stopped pumping blood. Defibrillators deliver an electric shock to the heart, potentially re-starting blood flow. Survival chances of those affected by cardiac arrest decrease by 10% for every minute without defibrillation.

Ronnie McNicol’s Motion asks that Council Chief Executive Elma Murray investigates the provision of defibrillators and provides a report to the local authority’s ruling SNP Cabinet in relation to the costs of putting the machines into North Ayrshire secondary schools and the area’s two schools for children with additional support needs – Ardrossan’s James McFarlane School and Haysholm School in Irvine.

Last year North Lanarkshire Council became the first local authority in Scotland to install defibrillators in its secondary schools. The £70,000 cost was split between the local authority, NHS Scotland and private contractor Amey.

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