Defibrillators in the Workplace: Surely you have one by now…?

In a recent survey conducted by leading workplace products and services supplier, Direct365, it has been found that a substantial number of UK businesses are not even considering the purchase of an onsite Automated External Defibrillator (AED), let alone have one on-site. A staggering 52% of businesses have never considered buying or bought a life-saving defibrillator.

There are approximately 30,000 out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrests every year in the UK, with survival rates on average at 7%. AED’s are vital in cardiac arrest events as they’re the only proven method to increase the chance of survival. If used within the first 3 minutes, chances increase tenfold, from 7% to 74%.

Although the UK currently has no legislation requiring organisations, to install and maintain an AED unit: multiple governing bodies have issued guidance and urged that defibrillators should be made available in all public access facilities.

Approximately, 100 cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest occur in the workplace every week, that’s 93 fatalities a week that could be saved with the use of a defibrillator. Begging the question, why do so many businesses overlook and ignore the purchase of such an important life-saving equipment? We have legislation for fire extinguishers in our workplaces. In 2014, there were 17 fatalities from workplace fires. The equivalent of one and a half days’ worth of cardiac arrest fatalities.

Unfortunately, the reality is that purchases of AED’s for the workplace are often prompted due to a previous workplace cardiac arrest.  There is often a misconception, that cardiac arrests are the for elderly, the unfit and the overweight, however, cardiac arrest affect everybody from every walk of life, with 15 fatalities every week of young people.

Whether you are looking for a new life-saving defibrillator, upgrade your existing one or refresh yourself and your employee’s first aid training call Martek Lifecare today. Call us today on 01709 599 222 or email us at for a free consultation!

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