With around 30,000 people each year suffering a sudden cardiac arrest it is imperative that bystanders know how to respond. A cardiac arrest can affect anyone at any time – from young children at school to adults when they’re at home, work or out in public places. Without the correct treatment, cardiac arrests are often fatal with The British Heart Foundation’s figures revealing that only one in ten victims survive. However, the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest jumps from 6% to 74% if the casualty is in a shockable rhythm and a defibrillator is deployed within 3 minutes, so it is important you know how to use one. Last week we trained 12 of our employees in Emergency First Aid at Work, part of their training included a section on how to use a defibrillator. After hearing the statistics about cardiac arrests we knew we had to have a defibrillator on site to give the best possible outcome for survival. There are no warning signs for sudden cardiac arrest, just the realisation that when it happens to someone, treatment is required as fast as possible to provide the victim with the greatest chance of survival. Without treatment, a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival decrease by 10% per minute. Our defibrillator is from - https://www.defibshop.co.uk/defibrillators and is all set up and onsite in a secure cabinet https://www.defibshop.co.uk/accessories/indoor-cabinets/aed-armor-high-impact-perspex-indoor-cabinet.
We hope that we never have to use it but we are pleased that the defibrillator might just save someone’s life.