Performing Effective CPR: The Benefits of Beaty

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the world’s leading cause of death. In the UK alone, there are 30,000 out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest events every year, and the chance of survival is less than 10%. However, this figure can be doubled or even tripled if CPR is initiated by someone nearby or by an emergency responder. In … Continued

5th March 2020

Air Pollution and Sudden Cardiac Arrest: A Health Emergency?

91% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality exceeds WHO guidelines. With this in mind, it will come as no surprise to you that ambient (outdoor) air pollution is a major cause of death and disease globally.

When thinking of how air quality may affect your body, you’ll instantly think about your lungs.

22nd November 2019

Do Hotels Need a Defibrillator?

One Sunday afternoon in October 2019, local authority worker Gordon Armstrong went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) whilst sat down for lunch at the Glencoe Hotel in the Scottish Highlands. Without warning, his survival clock began ticking.

In the UK, there are 30,000 out-of-hospital SCAs every year, and fewer than 1 in 10 people survive. Despite this shocking statistic, there is currently no UK legislation that requires organisations to install an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) on their site.

4th November 2019

The Defibrillator Circuit: Where is your nearest unit?

There’s no pun intended here when we say we have fantastic news to share which is close to our own hearts, as the British Heart Foundation has recently announced their release of The Circuit.

The Circuit was launched earlier this year in June and is a national network where everyone can register their defibrillator to increase awareness of where the nearest defibs are located when needed.

2nd September 2019

He was just lying there, his face grey and lifeless. There was just no sign of life.

“HELP! Does anybody know CPR?”

Whether you’re experienced in applying initial medical treatment and CPR or have been lucky enough to not experience an incident in your life, the way these words are shouted will always be enough to cause the hairs on the back of your next to stand.

You’ll often hear the term “fight or flight” thrown around, but it’s a real reaction to immediate danger.

20th August 2019

Can Smart Devices help with Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Today, more and more people are using smart speakers. They may have them in their homes with devices like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, or they may be carrying them all the time in their smartphones.

Because this technology is always listening, it can be useful for many medical applications. As well as helping with the delivery of medication and scheduling urgent appointments, companies are currently developing devices that work as diagnostic tools for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Clinical Depression.

27th June 2019

School Defibrillator: Saving Lives in Education

Why you need a school defibrillator

You need a school defibrillator because every year there are over 30,000 incidents of Sudden Cardiac Arrest which happen outside of a hospital environment. It can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time. Your level of fitness, your lifestyle, your age or even whether you’ve previously been scanned for a heart condition are no guarantee that you’re safe from risk.

6th June 2019

Active People at risk from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the world’s biggest killer and can strike anyone, anywhere at any time, regardless of how fit and active you might be. In fact, some experts believe that athletes are three times more likely than non-athletes to be victims.

Heart attack vs Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Both are heart-related issues but they’re very different. A heart attack (myocardial infarction) is essentially a plumbing problem – an interruption in the flow of blood to the heart.

30th May 2019

The Hands-On Approach To Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is indiscriminate.

It can strike anyone at any time regardless of age, medical history or level of fitness. Each year in Britain alone more than 30,000 incidents happen outside of a hospital and less than one in ten victims survive.

Knowing what to do when Sudden Cardiac Arrest strikes could save a life. A fast response is vital – the chances of survival drop by 20% every minute without treatment – but the average ambulance response time is over 11 minutes.

7th May 2019

Top 10 Objections to Defibrillators

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator, a portable device designed for the emergency treatment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. It analyses the heart’s rhythm and, if needed, delivers a controlled electric shock to the chest to help blood pump normally again.

Despite the fact that public access defibrillators have saved countless lives, many businesses are still reluctant to invest in them. Here we look at ten reasons why and discuss some of the most common misconceptions.

5th April 2019