June 27, 2019
Did you know choosing to make your taxi bespoke can help saves lives? That’s exactly what two West Lothian cab drivers chose to do by getting defibrillators installed in the purpose- built taxis they drive.
Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) are specially designed for the general public to use and require no medical training. They contain clear instructions on how to attach the defibrillator pads and on monitoring the heart rhythm will only instruct you to deliver an electric shock if required.
Last year, the drivers, Eddie Millar and Martin Brown, chose to install and pay for the defibrillators out of their own pockets. They wanted to do something to make a real difference in their community. Eddie explained: “We had the idea in the back of our heads to equip our taxis with defibrillators. When we saw they were doing it in London, we knew it would be a good thing to bring here.”
Increased chance of survival
Taxi drivers can often be on the scene to help quicker than an ambulance can be dispatched. When someone has a cardiac arrest, a bystander performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) coupled with the use of a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) offers the best chance of survival for the patient.
The Scottish Ambulance service welcomed the news and hope the pair inspire other cab drivers to follow suite. The Scottish Ambulance Service as part of the Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy, aim to save an additional 1,000 lives by 2020.
A spokesperson for Scottish Ambulance Service said “A patient’s chance of survival drops by around 10 per cent each minute without intervention. We’re delighted to support this project.”
Eddie and Martin have managed to equip two cabs out of the eight that are in their current fleet and plan to do more when they have the money and support to do so. They’re proud to know that they could potentially save a life and there’s no better reward.
Another case of the cab trade playing a huge part in the community – well done to Eddie and Martin from West Lothian Central Radio Taxis.