HARBURN Golf Club in West Lothian became the latest recipient of a defibrillator, as part of St John Scotland's scheme to supply golf clubs with life saving devices.
An agreement was signed with Scottish Golf in January 2015 that will result in around 70 defibrillators being provided golf clubs across the country over three years. Harburn Golf Club took delivery of their brand new defibrillator last week, which could prove critical in an emergency.
Approximately 3,500 people undergo attempted resuscitation each year after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, but currently only around 1 in 20 survive.
Defibrillation works in synergy with CPR, and is most effective the earlier it is performed. Delivering a defibrillatory electrical shock to the heart within 3-5 minutes of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 75%. (Source: Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest, A Strategy for Scotland, The Scottish Government, March 2015)
Pictured from left: ladies match secretary Fiona Smith, club captain Jim McGrane, St John Scotland West Lothian chairman Keith Stirling and incoming club captain Iain Affleck.