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Tore nursery installs life-saving devices

By Hazel Urquhart


A NURSERY in Ross-shire has installed two new life-saving defibrillators.

Michelle McKendry, Preschool manager at Kilcoy Kindergarten, said: “I feel it is really important to advertise this as much as we can, so the local community can be aware we have one to access in any emergency.”

The Tore facility held a fundraising open day last April to raise funds for a device to be installed in the nursery.

The effort pulled in more than £1600 – enough to buy two of the medical devices, one of which has been installed in their nursery and the other mounted on the wall outside for public use.

The second defibrillator is located in a locked box at the entrance of the preschool’s playground and requires a code to be opened. In an emergency, the code can be accessed by dialling 999.

The device conducts lifesaving electrical energy to the heart during an abnormal rhythm or very rapid erratic beating of the heart. Electrodes placed on the victim’s chest serve as the conduit.

Miss McKendry said the defibrillators would not conduct energy unless they detected the heart had stopped, and had clear instructions for use.

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