Rainbow City Taxi’s and The Trinity Centre have teamed up to launch the first 24 hour accessible public defibrillator on Union Street with an aim that it will help save a life if it was needed.
After losing one of their drivers to a heart attack where there was no access to a defibrillator which could have potentially saved his life, it is Rainbow City Taxi’s belief that these pieces of equipment should be readily available across the city at all times of the day. To date the team have raised over £5,000 and their aim is to continue to fundraise to purchase more defibrillators. They currently have funds to purchase 3 more public defibrillators; they are trying to find suitable places to put these.
The Trinity Centre will be the first location to install one of Rainbow City Taxi’s Public defibrillator. Linda Stewart General Manager commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to support a life-saving initiative. Something so simple can have a huge impact on someone’s life. We believe this is a fantastic initiative for our local community to benefit from. Currently the closest 24 hour accessible defibrillator to Union Street is Malmaison on Queen’s Road.”
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults over the age of 40. Unfortunately, the survival rate from cardiac arrest is currently poor – only around 10% of people survive.
Defibrillators are key to increasing the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest. They deliver an electrical shock to the heart to restore the normal rhythm. The earlier a defibrillator is used, the better the chances of survival. If a defibrillator is used within the first minute of collapse the victim’s chances of survival are close to 90%, this decreases by 7-10% for every minute it is delayed. The more machines that are readily available the chances for any victim is increased.
After investigation it was discovered, at the time, that there were only three registered 24-hour public access defibrillators. It is known that companies have them in their premises but unfortunately their premises could be closed when a defibrillator is required.
Rainbow City Taxi’s have come across multiple difficulties to place these life saving devices in the community’s within Aberdeen. This is because businesses don’t own their building and the team have really struggled to find the person that has the authority to give the go ahead.
If anyone is in position of authority to help us install these lifesaving equipment’s (community centres, shopping complexes etc.) we would love to hear from you and can be contacted [email protected]