UK golf club purchases AED to help safeguard members

The Brechin Golf Club, in the renowned golfing region on the east coast of Scotland, is prepared for cardiac emergencies, thanks to the Cardiac Science Powerheart® G5 automated external defibrillator (AED) purchased this year.

The club’s Senior and Ladies section paid for the life-saving equipment along with Angus Cardiac Group, a patient-led organization that advocates for heart health and cardiac rehabilitation.

Club leaders said the purchase was inspired by a recent campaign headed by professional golfer Bernard Gallacher. The former Ryder Cup captain suffered sudden cardiac arrest in 2013 at a dinner at a resort near Aberdeen and was revived by staff using the hotel’s defibrillator. Gallacher is now an advocate for the placement of AEDs at golf clubs throughout the UK.

Brechin Golf Club manager Stephen Rennie told the Scottish Golf Union that the new Powerheart G5 will significantly increase safety at the 700-member club.

“We decided that the remote location of the course, the average age of our membership, and the fact we now have a gym meant it was very important to install a defibrillator,” Rennie said. A former club member, Stewart Wight, is a First Response volunteer and suggested that the club work with Cardiac Science.

“We are now much better-placed to react to an emergency,” Rennie told the Golf Union. The local Ambulance Service has provided CPR and AED training for club staff.

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Posted on June 3, 2015

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