Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (Secondary Schools)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2013.

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Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

I know that the member has a long-standing interest in the subject, and I think that we are all in agreement that access to defibrillators is time critical and of extreme importance, but schools might not always be the best locations for them in communities. International guidelines require there to be a reasonable probability of an automatic electronic defibrillator being used at least once in two years.

There are some spectacularly successful deployments in other places. I pay tribute to Heather Munro, a girl guide in my constituency—indeed, in my own community of Glendaruel—who masterminded the installation of a defibrillator in a disused phone box, which was a tremendous thing for a small community. There are many such opportunities, all of which we should encourage.