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Importance of Having On-Site Defibrillators

Published on 15th January 2018

Sudden Cardiac Arrest affects anybody. The preconceptions that it only happens to the elderly or the unfit are far from the reality.  When someone suffers from an SCA, their heart electrically malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly, unable to pump oxygenated blood around the body.

Mace Group, Morgan Sindall and Wates Group – a combined workforce of over 15,000 employees, have put in place schemes to distribute AEDs and training to groups of workers to help fight against Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Isn’t it time your organisation did the same? Surely your employees deserve the benefit of being protected against SCA?

It goes without saying that every working industry has its risks. However, certain industries lend themselves naturally to an increased risk of injury and death. You wouldn’t operate without a fire extinguisher? First Aid Kits? & Smoke Alarms? You wouldn’t let your employees work without these pieces of safety equipment, but you’d let them work unprotected from the world’s biggest killer? Unfortunately, some employers overlook important health and safety aspects, including defibrillators.

No matter what industry you work in, there’ll be risks, however, certain industries do naturally lend themselves towards an increased risk of injury and unfortunately, death. Of which, many could be saved with the use of a defibrillator. Regrettably, most people are unsure of where to buy and store a defibrillator, how to use one and often worry that they may do more harm than good. In the UK, the construction industry makes up over 20% of workplace fatalities every year.

Environmental factors are often considered when purchasing health and safety equipment for the construction industry, the Lifeline AED range has been designed with this in mind: its’ lightweight, rugged rubberized edges makes it sturdy to harsh environments.

The construction industry is full of physically demanding challenges; the excessive labour and physical strain alone puts individuals at enough risk without having the added burden of worrying about being left in the dust if they suffer a cardiac arrest.

Every minute without CPR & defibrillation reduces survival chances by 10%, the average ambulance response time in the UK is 11 minutes, especially if the ambulance crew have to navigate a 10,000ft² construction site that has cordoned off areas and inaccessible areas, is this a risk worth taking? Is it worth risking your biggest asset’s lives?  However, if a defibrillator is used on a victim within the first 3 minutes, their survival rates are more than tenfold.

By having an AED on-site, everybody in the area would be able to effectively deliver life-saving treatment to the victim, whilst monitoring their heart rhythm and providing shocks if necessary. The Lifeline AED range are the world’s easiest AEDs to use – even by an untrained bystander, they can be effectively operated, as proven by independent studies.

All employers want to ensure their operations and assets are protected and ensure the wellbeing of their employees, having a defibrillator is a sure way to improve this in such harsh working environments. Without any treatment, 95% of SCA suffers will die. Don’t become another story. Protect your employees.