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Caithness Defibrillator Campaign Group

Photograph of Caithness Defibrillator Campaign GroupCo-ordinating the locations of the defibrillators in Caithness and fund-raising.

If defibrillated within the first minute of collapse, the victim's chances for survival are close to 90%. For every minute that defibrillation is delayed, survival decreases by 7-10 %. If it is delayed by more than 10 minutes, the chance of survival in adults is less than 5%. Despite every effort and endeavour by ambulance paramedics, some emergency calls can take more than 10 minutes to arrive at an incident. Rural communities and villages are at greater risk when cardiac arrest occurs. Every effort is made to arrive at an incident within Government recommended timescales of 8 minutes. When cardiac arrest occurs every minute without the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can reduce chance of survival by 10%. When 10 minutes approaches, only effective CPR may prolong the chance of survival of the patient.

With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, certified first responder, and basic life support (BLS) level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes.

In the UK there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests a year outside of hospital – in homes and communities – where the emergency medical services attempt resuscitation. However, less than one in ten victims of cardiac arrest survive to be discharged from hospital. This is why having public access defibrillators are important in rural areas.


Billy Mitchell
Tel: 01847892609

News for Caithness Defibrillator Campaign Group

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The Caithness Defibrillator Campaign were delighted to receive another donation.   "We were delighted to visit the Pentland Housing Association Office this week where Modern Apprentice Kaitlyn Sutherland handed over a £600 cheque to our Chairman Billy Mitchell & our volunteers Bob Bell, Ron Gunn and Kay Rosie." Pentland Housing staff organised a 70s/80s disco in Thurso's Royal British Legion Club as well as staging an office dress-down day and selling home baking which raised £400, & was topped up by a £200 donation from the Pentland Housing Group Board.  
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The Caithness Defibrillator Campaign Group (CDCG) would like to express their thanks to local couple John and Lorna Mackenzie for their most generous donation of £2,000 for the installation of a Public Access Defibrillator at Lieurary Hall.   John and Lorna said "We are glad to help as it will be very worthwhile and a great benefit to the local community hopefully it will never be needed but if it helps towards saving a life, then that would be the biggest reward to us." John and Lorna also thanked Billy Mitchell (Chairman CDCG) for arranging the purchase and installation through the Community Heartbeat Trust for them and thanked the group for all the hard work that goes towards such a worthwhile cause.  
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Latest location map of defibrillators in Caithness..  
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list attached.   No LOCATION ACCESS 1 BERRIEDALE - Berriedale Portland Estate Office KW7 6HE Public Access 24/7 2 BOWER - Subsea 7 Hastigrow Fabrication Facility KW1 4TP Public Access 24/7 3 BRIDGE of WESTER - Subsea 7 Wester Site, KW1 4UR Public Access 24/7.  

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