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AEDs – Would you know how to use one?

Over the last few years I have been delighted to see the number of Public Access Defibrillators increase. They are appearing outside many more shops, libraries and community centres as well as in schools.

Often, but not exclusively, recognised by the bright yellow cabinets they are housed in, they are a welcome sight. How many people though are aware that they are for the use of the general public and that anyone can access them?

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World Heart Day 2014

Today is World Heart Day. This is an international campaign designed to raise the awareness of heart disease and to think about ways in which both heart disease and strokes can be prevented.
A poll of 2000 people conducted by the British Heart Foundation suggests that people are more worried about contracting cancer or dementia than worrying about heart disease. However heart disease is a big killer, one person dies every 7 minutes from heart disease and in many cases the disease could be prevented.  Risk factors include amongst others,  high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol and diabetes.  Prevention of heart disease is key, and it’s never too late to make changes.

So make today the day you decide to give up smoking, lose weight and make changes to your diet to minimize those risks. In addition make today the day you choose to learn to save a life by learning CPR and how to use a defibrillator.

At least 60 000 people suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest each year and survival from this remains poor. Without access to defibrilllation and good quality CPR, only 2-12% survive. Access to a defibrillator, within the first few moments of a cardiac arrest can improve survival by up to 74 %.
CPR  techniques are now easier than they have ever been and the proliferation of public access defibrillators means more people have the opportunity to survive cardiac arrests than before, however greater awareness needs to be made of this and more need to sign up to learn these essential life saving skills and not be afraid to use a defibrillator. The machines are easy to use, they talk you through the process, step by step and cannot cause any further harm.
For more details take a look at our defibrillator faq page which will tell you more about defibs, how they work and how you use them.
For details on joining a first aid class to learn CPR take a look at our range of workplace first aid courses where you can learn your skills and qualify to be a workplace first aider.

Could your workplace benefit from an AED?

The simple answer is “Yes”!

Fabrice Muamba almost died in April and would have done so without an AED close at hand, and his coaches and the consultant cardiaologist who knew how to operate one.

30,000 people a year in the UK have a cardiac arrest out of hospital. Statistically if you have a cardiac arrest out of hospital your chances of surviving are poor; less than 10% people will survive. This appalling statistic hasn’t changed much in many years.

However with prompt intervention with an automated external defibrillator device and good basic CPR, your chances of survival go up to about 74%.

Many employers are often put off purchasing an AED on the basis of cost of the device, and the time that it takes to train staff to use one. However,  the machines themselves are very reliable and easy to use.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death and you have a responsibility for ensuring safety to your staff, visitors and customers so why not invest in an AED? After all, you invest in fire extinguishers and hope you will never need to use those either!

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