Why defibrillation is so important!

I’m sure you would agree that a company’s greatest assets are it’s employees. Many business owners completely understand this and the need to provide a safe working environment for everyone of their staff within in the business. Do you?

It’s so important and a regulation within The Health and Safety (First Aid) 1981 for employers to provide enough equipment, personnel and facilities needed to ensure employees receive the immediate attention, should they need it, in the case of an incident or emergency. Does your business comply?

Even though this is a legal requirement, still many organisations are yet to provide a defibrillator. But this life-saving device is well worth purchasing! Is it something you are looking into?

A Life-Saving Investment

As well as performing effective CPR, defibrillators are an effective device that can help a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. If you simply invest in one of these, it could lead you and your employees on the path to becoming a life-saver.

Why is a defibrillator important?

In order to effectively help someone as much as you can, it is vital for a defibrillator to be found as quickly as possible. Why? Because every minute it takes for a defibrillator to get to the person in need and deliver the shock, their chances of survival reduce by up to 10%.

But there are lots of ways that you can help prepare in the event of a cardiac arrest;

  • Ensure your organisation has a defibrillator and encourage other workplaces and your local community to get one
  • Learn how to perform CPR
  • Learn how to use a defibrillator

Unfortunately, cardiac arrests can happen to anyone and at any time, so knowing what steps to take in order to give someone the best chance of survival is vital. What are these steps?

  1. Call 999
  2. Start CPR
  3. Ask someone to bring a defibrillator if there’s one nearby
  4. Turn on the defibrillator and follow its instructions.

Are defibrillators a legal requirement?

Despite a defibrillator being an effective device that can help a victim of a sudden cardiac arrest, they are currently not a legal requirement in the UK. However, investing into one of these life-saving pieces of equipment would enable you to potentially deliver the essential treatment needed prior to emergency services arriving.

Survival chances would increase to 74% if a defibrillator was used within 3-5 minutes after the victim starts having a cardiac arrest.

Having a defibrillator, also known as an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) at hand really can make all the difference.

Where are defibrillators usually found?

Are you aware of where your local defibrillators are? Usually they are located in public spaces for example shopping centres, community centres and workplaces. In the case of an emergency, the 999 call handler will often know where your nearest defibrillator is and tell you, so you can ask someone to get it. By performing CPR and using a defibrillator, you are giving someone the best possible chance of survival, however, there isn’t always a defibrillator close enough to help save the life of someone having a cardiac arrest. Did you want to increase the life-saving percentage?

Who can use a defibrillator?

AED’s have easy, step-by-step instructions to follow on how to use it. The clear instructions show you how to attach the pads and when the shock needs to be delivered if needed.

Many however still don’t feel confident enough to use a defibrillator in the case of an emergency, but with more First Aid, CPR and AED training and greater awareness, we can change that.

It’s been said that in the next couple of years, there’s talk of a mandatory provision of defibrillators in certain circumstances, watch our latest video on the topic of AED’s – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tHk5iM20ZE&t=26s

If you are interested and want to know more about the courses we offer, see below.

https://www.lblskills.co.uk/training-courses/emergency-first-aid-at-work/

https://www.lblskills.co.uk/training-courses/first-aid-at-work-level-3/

https://www.lblskills.co.uk/training-courses/cpr-aed/

https://www.lblskills.co.uk/training-courses/defibrillation-course/

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