Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has praised Semichem in Greenock after it was revealed that store staff are trained in using an on-site defibrillator in store.
A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock to restart when someone is having a cardiac arrest. Acting quickly when someone is in cardiac arrest is crucially important – every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their survival by 10%.
Local Semichem staff in Greenock have been trained by the Scottish Ambulance Service in using the defibrillator, ensuring that their life saving skills are ready to deal with the worst kind of first aid emergencies in their store.
Stuart McMillan MSP visited the Greenock store to meet the staff and see the defibrillator in person.
Commenting, store manager Alison Brown said:
“Our store provides a valuable service at the heart of the local community in Inverclyde, and we are committed to making a difference and improving people’s lives. Our store staff are fully trained in using the defibrillator should the worst happen to any of our customers.”
Local MSP Stuart McMillan said that Semichem’s considered approach of keeping a defibrillator in-store, as well as having trained staff to use it, could save lives:
“While we have a fantastic ambulance service in Scotland, we know that in cardiac cases every second counts and that equipping communities with basic life-saving skills and equipment will improve survival rates. The use of a defibrillator can increase the chance of survival by 50%.
“Therefore, I was delighted when I learned that Semichem have taken positive steps to ensure that their staff are equipped for the worst kind of first aid scenarios in their Inverclyde store.
“I commend Semichem for playing a fantastic role in the Inverclyde community and it is a pleasure to see how the store has embraced this.”
“I would urge all stores and businesses in Inverclyde to consider investing in a defibrillator in order to potentially save lives in the community.”