In the same time it takes to eat a sandwich or have a tea, company workers are being encouraged to try their hands — literally!! — doing CPR and using a defibrillator in an effort to save lives. Both skills that are easy to learn and a survival-rate game-changer in cardiac arrest emergencies.
East Neuk First Responders have begun visiting companies in the area to demonstrate how CPR is done, and how a defibillator is used, and what their 15-minute medical alert app, GoodSAM, is.
Gillian Duncan, coordinator, explained that such life-saving knowledge, along with the GoodSAM app, helps increase the chance for cardiac arrest victims to survive an attack.
The GoodSAM app can be downloaded and used to alert nearby qualified volunteers to medical emergencies who then help provide lifesaving treatment until first responders or an ambulance arrives. According to Gillian, there are GoodSAM responders available in the East Neuk round-the-clock who can arrive in less than three minutes in the majority of incidents and increases the survival potential.
The Boathouse in Anstruther was the first location of such lunchtime learning, and proprietor Linda Thomson said her staff were very happy to take part and build confidence in emergency medical actions.
To have your company or group participate in this Lunchtime Lifesaver program, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the group’s Facebook page.