Why Should You Invest in a Defibrillator?

08/06/17

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death globally. In the UK alone, it kills more people than breast cancer or lung cancer, claiming the lives of 250 people every day.

SCA does not discriminate: it can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time, even elite athletes! Without immediate treatment 90-95% of Cardiac Arrest victims will die. Investing in an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for your community or workplace will give a drastically increased chance of survival.

What Happens During SCA?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurs suddenly and often without warning. It is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).

The heart’s pumping action is disrupted and cannot pump blood to the brain, lungs and other organs effectively. Seconds later, a person loses consciousness and their pulse deteriorates quickly. Death occurs within minutes if the victim does not receive immediate treatment with CPR and an AED.

After the emergency services have been called, a bystander should use Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to manually pump the heart until a defibrillator arrives. This will help keep blood and oxygen flowing through the body.

An AED is a portable device which should be transported to the scene of the incident ASAP. It will instruct the user through continued CPR and administers an electric shock to the heart (either manually or automatically) through pads placed on the person’s chest. These shocks can restart the electrical system of the heart and it’s the only way to significantly improve the victim’s chance of survival.

Why Should You Invest?

Defibrillation within three minutes of a SCA will increase the chance of survival from around 5-10% to over 70%!

In the workplace, your employees are your biggest asset: caring for their health and wellbeing will not only save lives but will also boost their morale, staff loyalty and productivity.

Training

It is crucial that staff receive training on: how to identify SCA, the procedure to follow after an incident and the location of AEDs onsite. Public Access Defibrillators are designed so that anyone can use them without formal training. They instruct the user through the process with easy to follow visual and verbal prompts and guides. Training on how to use defibs themselves is not a legal requirement. However, it is normally included in FAW (First Aid at Work) and/or EFAW (Emergency First Aid at Work) training.

The Devices

Aero Healthcare is the master distributor for HeartSine devices in the UK. We stock the entire HeartSine Samaritan Defibrillator range: the 350P, 360P and the 500P and all consumables and accessories. They are very lightweight, robust, easy-to-use and are specifically designed for public access. They can be used for both adult and paediatric use.

HeartSine defibrillators also include a System Status Ready Indicator which flashes to show the system is operational and ready to use. The devices automatically run a self-check once a week and can be safely stored in one of our internal or external wall cabinets.

The 500P Defibrillator also offers something extra, a CPR advisor, which uses an Impedance Cardiogram (ICG) to assess the effectiveness of the CPR and give the rescuer feedback on compressions.
 

To talk to one of our specialists about investing in a defibrillator for your business or community call: 0845 604 8280 email: sales@aerohealthcare.co.uk or click the button below:
 

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