Jamie Skinner death: Life-saving code not public

Jamie Skinner. Picture: Comp
Jamie Skinner. Picture: Comp
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Guidelines to tell the public what to do in a medical emergency – drafted in the wake of the death of Jamie Skinner – have NOT been distributed, the Evening News can reveal.

The advice, drawn up immediately after Jamie died, is aimed at coaches and members of the public using the Saughton Sports Complex.

But today the Evening News can reveal this has never been distributed or made ­available to users, four months on from Jamie’s death.

A source said: “It’s shocking that this hasn’t been acted upon.”

The News yesterday revealed a secret Edinburgh Leisure report which detailed a series of failings in the run-up to the Liberton High pupil’s death. The keen Hearts fan, 13, collapsed on the pitch during a match on December 22, 2013.

Immediately after his ­sudden death the emergency advice was drawn up. Previously no advice was given to the public on how to react to such a situation.

It was drafted by Saughton’s supervisor Graham Blair – who was not on duty at the time of Jamie’s death – and outlines in detail the exact procedures the public should follow in the event of a similar incident. The document – AED Customer Information – was due to be circulated and posted around the pitches and complex.

It advises that there is an automated external defibrillator within the centre and says there will always be a staff member on site, trained to use it. But it clearly states the ­priority in the event of such an incident is NOT to contact ­centre staff.

It says: “In the event of an incident where CPR has to be administered, summon assistance immediately from the emergency services by calling 999 and asking for the 
ambulance.”

It then advises a checklist containing a series of ­information be given to the emergency services including caller details, the numbers injured, the sex and age of injured persons, an indication of the cause and type of injury.

Rather than consult staff it asks callers to advise on what road access the ambulance should arrive at. Only then does it advise contacting Edinburgh Leisure staff – by telephone – giving them similar detailed information and indicating whether CPR is being administered and whether assistance will be required.

Once these procedures have been followed the guidelines say: “A member of the Saughton team will immediately proceed to the appropriate location and take over.”

The day Jamie died, two staff failed to provide the on-site heart-starting machine and were sacked after a probe by Edinburgh Leisure. They were deemed to have failed to respond properly to the emergency.

Our report revealed that not only were they certified to use a defi=brillator In July they had received a refresher course only three weeks before Jamie died and that centre’s external CCTV cameras were broken.

A spokesman for Edinburgh Leisure said the guidelines for the public were not issued as it was “considered unnecessary because of the high profile of the incident”. He added: “An emergency action plan was in place and it was being looked at from another angle. We will now look at what has been drafted to see if it is appropriate to deploy it.”