One of Scotland’s largest whisky companies has purchased five automatic emergency defibrillators (AEDs) for some of its distilleries. The firm, which is home to world famous single malt brands, made the investment as part of its wider health and safety policy.
Five Powerheart G5 AEDs from Cardiac Science have been installed at sites in central and northern Scotland and the western Isles. The equipment was supplied by First Aid Scotland’s AED distributor subsidiary, the aed-defib-shop, which is the country’s only independent distributor for all the major manufacturers, and the company’s managing director Duncan Turnbull carried out a series of training programmes with distillery staff.
Mr Turnbull, who has a cardiac care nursing background, led a number of hands-on sessions which gave personnel the knowledge and confidence to operate the G5 model in the unfortunate event of an emergency.
The whisky distillery contacted First Aid Scotland to seek advice about rolling out defibrillators and getting their staff the necessary training. First Aid Scotland were chosen as they already provide a proven bespoke AED training programme specific to the Cardiac Science units.
Mr Turnbull said: “The Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 was the preferred choice for the whisky company, and once the training was completed staff had the knowledge, capability and confidence to administer therapy to victims of sudden cardiac arrest in a prompt and effective manner.
“Distillery personnel have shown themselves to be extremely competent in AED use at their respective sites.”