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Golf Care and Arrhythmia Alliance team up to save lives

TWO-THIRDS OF UK GOLF CLUBS DON’T HAVE A DEFIBRILLATOR

Golf Care and Arrhythmia Alliance team up to save lives

Nearly two-thirds of golf clubs still don’t have an Automated External Defibrillator on-site. That’s according to new figures released today by the specialist golf insurance provider Golf Care and the heart rhythm charity the Arrhythmia Alliance.

In a bid to combat this, the two organisations have launched the Saving Golfers’ Lives campaign, to get more automated external defibrillators (AEDs) installed in UK golf clubs. Golf Care has donated £1,000 to the Arrhythmia Alliance and will make further contributions during 2019, in order to get AEDs installed in multiple clubs. The two organisations will also write to every golf club in the UK outlining the importance of providing AEDs and CPR training.

The issue of heart health is one which is very personal to Golf Care ambassador Bernard Gallacher. More than 100 AEDs have been installed in UK golf clubs over the last four years, as a result of Gallacher’s nationwide awareness campaign. This campaign was launched after he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in Aberdeen and almost died. However, Gallacher acknowledges that more still needs to be done, and thrown his support behind this latest initiative.

He said: “It’s extremely encouraging that scores of lives have been saved thanks to the success of this campaign. In fact, after we donated a defibrillator to Bathgate Golf Club, where I started out, this saved the life of a 44-year-old father of two. He collapsed in the car park and the bar staff, who had had the basic training, saved his life. However, clearly more work still needs to be done to raise awareness of the importance of defibrillators. The fact that nearly two-thirds of clubs still don’t have one is especially concerning to me as  defibrillators are essential for survival in many instances. That’s why I give my full support to this joint initiative between Golf Care and the Arrhythmia Alliance. I hope it saves many more lives in the years to come.”

Trudie Lobban MBE, Founder and Trustee of the Arrhythmia Alliance, said: “Without the quick action of administering CPR and using an AED, Bernard would not have survived when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. He was very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time, whereby someone in the room happened to have an AED in their car. When Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) strikes, every second counts. For every minute that passes, the sufferer’s chance of survival decreases by 10%. CPR alone provides a 9% chance of survival, however, administering CPR and plus the use of an AED increases this to more than 50% chance of survival. It is therefore vital that golf clubs have on-site AEDs.” The Arrhythmia Alliance is aiming for all golf clubs to have a minimum of two AEDs on site – one outside the Club House, and one at the furthest point from the Club House.

In the UK, the average time for an ambulance/paramedic to reach someone in SCA is up to 8 minutes – however, the chance of a person surviving an SCA decreases by 10% for every minute’s delay in defibrillation. AEDs do not require training and can be used by anyone to shock a person’s heart back to normal rhythm if they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. As well as placing AEDs across the country, Arrhythmia Alliance runs awareness campaigns and AED familiarisation events to educate the public giving them the confidence to act when needed if someone nearby suffers an SCA. For more information go to: www.defibssavelives.org

To find out more about Golf Care’s partnership with the Arrhythmia Alliance, click here.

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About Golf Care

  • Launched in 2003, Golf Care is the UK’s largest specialist golf insurance provider offering a variety of policies to cater for every golfer’s needs.
  • Providing cover against theft, loss or damage to golfing equipment, damage to property, Personal Accident and Public Liability, as well as hole-in-one insurance and the option for worldwide cover, Golf Care has become the UK’s largest specialist golf insurance provider www.golfcare.co.uk.

About the Arrhythmia Alliance

  • Working together to improve the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for all those affected by arrhythmias. By raising awareness and campaigning for the improved detection and care of heart rhythm disorders, Arrhythmia Alliance aims to extend and improve the lives of the millions around the world that these conditions affect. Visit our website www.heartrhythmalliance.org
  • Every year 100 000 people die from sudden cardiac death in the UK, killing more than lung cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined. The only way to save a life from sudden cardiac arrest is by using an AED (automated external defibrillator)
  • The chances of survival of a person in SCA decreases 10% for every minute it is untreated.
  • Survival for a person in SCA, without immediate CPR and prompt defibrillation is less than 5%; administration of CPR can increase survival to 9%; when this is combined with timely defibrillation, this can reach to over 50%.
  • Visit www.defibssavelives.org for more information.

For further information:

Neil Robertson neil.robertson@ripethinking.co.uk 0161 902 2698

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