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Why All Workplaces Should Have An AED

06 April 2017

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported that in the past year, 1.3 million people suffered a work-related illness. This is estimated to have cost workplaces in the UK more than £14.1 billion in losses.

One of the core responsibilities for a facilities manager is to control and manage risks in the workplace including fire safety, security, and health and safety.

By reducing the risks, you can ensure your employees and customers not only feel, but are safe.

It’s estimated that in the UK alone, there are 100 Sudden Cardiac Arrests (SCA) in the workplace each week.

SCA occurs when the heart stops pumping blood around the body, causing oxygen to stop circulating. Without immediate attention, 90 to 95% of victims will die. One of the ways to provide immediate attention is with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

What is an AED?

An AED, also known as a defibrillator, is a life-saving device that administers an electric shock to the heart to restart its natural rhythm.

Alongside CPR, a defibrillator plays an important role in helping a SCA victim survive. Despite their role, defibrillators are actually very easy to use.

Whilst it is recommended to have regular training to prepare people in the case of emergency, the devices can be used without any prior experience.

Many people may be fearful of using such an important device but most models come with voice-operated instructions that will guide you through the whole procedure.

SCA is more common than you think

With an average of 30,000 out-of-hospital SCAs occurring each year in the UK, SCA occurs more often than you might think.

SCA can happen to anyone at any time – regardless of health or age. It’s estimated that 12 people under the age of 35 will die from SCA each week.

Save time and lives

Having a defibrillator can potentially save lives by cutting down on incident response times.

The average response time for the emergency services reacting to a cardiac incident in an urban area is between 8 and 11 minutes.

When it comes to SCA, time is precious – every minute without CPR and defibrillation will reduce the risks of survival by 7-10%.

Having a defibrillator on site will save valuable time and increase the chance of survival.

Prepared for an emergency

A survey by defibshop found that only 49% of UK businesses feel confident they could handle a medical emergency.

In the same way that having clear fire exits and first aid kits will makes your business better prepared to deal with emergencies, having a defibrillator on site means that you are ready should the worst occur.

By providing your business with the right equipment, you’re making sure the premises are safe and also telling your employees that you value their health.

As earlier mentioned, premises and facilities managers need to control and manage risks, and having a defibrillator on site is a proven way of doing so.

Don’t wait until it’s too late

Many businesses may feel like they don’t need to worry about SCA happening in their workplace. For the price of an office night out, you can be safe in the knowledge that should something happen, you’ve taken the correct procedures to save someone’s life.

Whilst nobody can prevent SCA from occurring, you can make sure you are prepared to tackle them.

It’s an investment that’s worth making.

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