Why getting a defibrillator in the workplace is a great idea.

Thursday, 27 November 2014  |  Paul

Around 100 people a week suffer a cardiac arrest at work in the UK. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can strike anyone, anywhere, anytime, and often with no warning. If you or someone at work collapses, having a defibrillator in house could raise your chances of survival from 5% to 70%!

 Do you need one in your work place?

Anyone can have Sudden Cardiac Arrest so the chances are you do, but there are a few things listed below which increase the chances:

  • An aging workforce (particular in industrial companies)
  • Worksites with high voltage equipment
  • Urban locations which may be difficult for emergency services to reach or negotiate die to traffic, staircases, elevators or crowds
  • Rural or isolated locations which emergency services may be delayed in reaching
  • Locations with large traffic flows or high volumes of people such as airports or shopping centres

You need to consider; how many people work at your company? How accessible is your workplace? What is the age, health or stress level of your employees? Do you have electrical hazards in the work place? Are your employees trained to deal with first aid emergencies?

How does a defibrillator work?

A defibrillator works by giving a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the heart which can help restore a stable rhythm.

Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)

Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are one of the safest and simplest options. AEDs are lightweight, battery operated, portable devices that are designed to be easy to use. They use sticky pads with sensors, known as electrodes, which are applied to the victim’s chest to administer shocks. These defibrillators monitor the victim’s heart rate to check if and when a shock should be given.

The LIFEPAK CR Plus comes in semi-automated and fully-automated. The semi-automated LIFEPAK CR Plus recognises when the victim needs to be given a shock and tells the responder using clear voice technology and through visual aids. Many people prefer this model as it leaves the responder in control of the situation.

The fully-automated LIFEPAK CR Plus similarly analyses the heart rhythm of the victim, but unlike the semi-automatic, the fully-automatic will administer the shock itself. The responder just needs to turn on the device and stick the electrodes to the patient’s chest. When a shock is needed, the device will notify you using clear voice technology and visual aids. Choosing this model is a safe and trusted option. The fully-automatic defibrillator eliminates any natural hesitations or delays a responder may have. Remember, every second counts with Sudden Cardiac Arrests.

Defibrillator training

Although AEDs give clear instructions, it’s always advised to train your employees on how to use a defibrillator. Defibrillator training will give your workforce the confidence to use your defibrillator and, more importantly, the knowledge of how to use them safely and correctly. Automatic defibrillators are extremely straight forward to use, the defibrillator training will make sure each participant leaves knowing how to respond in an emergency and how and when the defibrillator should be used.

Defibrillator locations

Emergency services should always be notified when you install a defibrillator. Knowing defibrillator locations means they are able to locate nearby devices for cases which might occur near your office.


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