Management of the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club has appealed to all members to assist them with the cost of an automated external defibrillator device (AED) which the club bought from SERE-MED.
The life saving device cost R18 000 and is used in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). If victims of SCA do not receive emergency medical services within ten minutes they will most likely die. In South Africa today it is virtually impossible to get these services to the victim in this time frame.
The AED is an “idiot proof” life saving device which is safe, effective and practical when used by non-medical, lay public first responders and will significantly improve survival from SCA.
The Club will train a number of volunteers (staff and members) on how to use the device and implement an emergency plan should an incident occur. Management said that it was their responsibility to members and guests to have access to such a device as incidents have occurred in the past and will almost certainly occur in the future.
Many countries around the world have realized the importance of creating greater public awareness on how to handle medical emergencies and AEDs are found in places such as shopping malls, golf courses, businesses, airports, airplanes, casinos, convention centres, hotels, sports venues, and schools. As part of the social responsibility of RPAGC, SERE-MED will also donate an additional AED device to the local school. Learners will be trained who will then be equipped with the necessary knowledge and expertise to identify life threatening cardiopulmonary emergencies and respond to them effectively.
“We appeal to all our members to assist with the cost of purchasing the device. Any amount, no matter how large or small will be appreciated and will be acknowledged. Yours might be the first life saved!”
Donations can be made at the Club or via Bank Transfer to First National Port Alfred, Branch Code 210917 and A/C No 53403591605. Please use your name and AED as a reference.