Over 30,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of hospitals in the UK every year, but less than one in 10 people survive, according to research by the University of Warwick. This worrying statistic confirms fears that millions of people in the country are being put at risk because of our lack of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) skills and training.
CPR is a first aid technique that can help someone when their heart or breathing has stopped. The rapid chest compression movements and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation helps to circulate oxygen and blood to flow back around the body. These simple moves are easily learned and can be successfully performed by anyone who knows what to do. However, the research found that many people didn’t know how to perform the technique. If you have not been trained in CPR, or do not want to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation then you can still perform chest compression (using your hands only), which could still potentially save someone’s life.
Every minute counts
Time is crucial when a cardiac arrest strikes, in fact the survival rate is reduced by 10% for every minute lost. However, performing CPR while waiting for an ambulance may just buy enough time to save someone’s life.
Having a defibrillator at the scene is the next step to save lives. This piece of equipment delivers an electric shock if someone’s heart has stopped, which aims to stabilise their heart rate so that it starts beating again. When combined with CPR, using a defibrillator can increase someone’s survival chances by 75% or more, so it really is an essential piece of kit.
While there is no current legislation in the UK that states businesses are required to have a defibrillator, it is a company’s responsibility to keep the public safe on their premises.
In the UK, the staff at DW Fitness Clubs recently proved just how important a combination of CPR training and having a defibrillator on-site can be, as they helped a member stay alive while he was suffering from a cardiac arrest.
Two staff members performed CPR training on the man who had stopped breathing. They then followed this by using a defibrillator to restart his heart while they waited for the ambulance to take him to hospital.
DW Fitness take their responsibility to safety very seriously, that’s why every member of staff in a managerial role receives ‘first aid at work’ training, while the rest of the staff are all taught how to use a defibrillator. If the aforementioned cardiac arrest survival rate statistics are to improve, it’s important that more businesses take a proactive approach towards investing in live-saving equipment and getting their staff trained.
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