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

Are Young Athletes At Risk Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

As providers of potentially life-saving equipment, it goes without saying that we get to hear powerful stories of how defibrillators have saved the day.

Sadly though, not all of the stories have such happy endings. We’re not here to spread doom and gloom – it’s just heartbreaking to hear that a life was lost which could have been prevented and the only way to do that is through increased awareness.

12th August 2019

Symptoms Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest In Athletes And Active People

One of the fantastic benefits of the internet is just how much information we now have at the tip of our fingers.

For us here at Martek, this gives us access to the success stories, as well as up to date information to ensure we continually develop our products to provide the very best in life-saving equipment.

12th August 2019

Latest updates to Lifeline AEDs

The Lifeline series of AEDs have been proved to be the easiest to use defibrillators on the market.

However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be improved upon even further!

Defibtech, the manufacturers of the units, have recently announced some updates to the latest models of Lifeline AED and Lifeline AUTO.

2nd July 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