Three reasons why your business needs a defibrillator

30/09/19

Sudden Cardiac Arrests (SCAs) are a major cause of death in the UK, with more than 30,000 SCAs occurring a year outside of hospitals. 
Businesses are not obliged to keep an AED on their premises. In fact, in 2017 the Facilities Management Journal reported that 52% of businesses have never considered buying, or have bought, a defibrillator. It’s a stark figure when you consider the three major reasons why you should invest in an AED:

1. SCAs do not discriminate. They can happen anywhere, at any time. They can happen to someone with no apparent signs of an impending heart event – people can live for years with undiagnosed conditions. We are not always given the luxury of warning signs and to that end – will not likely be in a hospital when the SCA occurs.


2. Every minute counts when it comes to treating someone with SCA. In its most recent guidelines, the Resuscitation Council said it “strongly suggests a policy of early attempted defibrillation.” Furthermore, with every minute’s delay after an SCA, the chances of survival diminish by 10%. After 10 minutes, the chances of survival are virtually zero.


3. Some workplaces are riskier than others. It is necessary to conduct a risk assessment specific to the environment and type of work that takes place at your site. For example, some businesses choose to create a calculation of a score of safety based on two variables: the likelihood of an event occurring and the consequences or severity if the event actually occurred. These questions are based on data such as footfall, age of those present and the nature of the location – a building site for example. You can find plenty of risk assessments online and the Health and Safety Executive has many free checklists for different types of businesses. Risk assessments are not just a tick box exercise, they need to be repeated each time a notable change occurs in the workplace, such as new employees or machines.

If you’d like to know more about whether you should invest in a defibrillator, read our Defibrillators: How You Can Save a Life guide.


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