What is The Importance of Defibrillators?

What is The Importance of Defibrillators?

What is Cardiac Arrest?

Every year there are around 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests in the UK. Unfortunately, just under half of the people who suffer a cardiac arrest will die. What does ‘Cardiac Arrest’ actually mean? According to the British Heart Foundation, “A cardiac arrest happens when your heart stops pumping blood around your body.”. When this happens, we only have a very short time to react. The reaction that you give could be the difference between someone living or dying.

During a cardiac arrest the casualty will only have around 4-5 minutes of oxygen circulating around their body. During this short time, the casualties body will slowly start to shut itself down, as blood flowing into the brain and other vital organs will be reduced and then stopped. This is why what we do within this 4-5 minute time period is vital.

Increase survival by 60-70%

For every minute without CPR or defibrillation, the casualties survival rate will reduce by 7-10%. The importance of CPR is to keep the casualties blood pumping to the vital organs which will keep them alive until the emergency services arrive. The survival rates for CPR alone are just 6%, Defibrillator Training however, if a defibrillator is used within the first 3 minutes of cardiac arrest the casualties chances of survival will rise to 60-70%.

With these statistics, it is no wonder that more and more defibrillators are being brought into public areas as well as working environments. Golf clubs, community centres, schools, sports centres, train stations and shopping centres are all places that are now providing public AEDs (automated external defibrillator). Many rural communities are also providing public access to defibrillators which are located in easily accessible locations within small towns and villages.

Who can use a defibrillator?

Although training is advised and available on how to use an AED, they are very straight forward and user friendly. Many of the different makes and models will provide a simple picture guide as instructions and all of them will give direct instructions through audio speakers built into the machine. Not only should these devises be readily accessed by anyone who is in need but they should also be easy to use.

Watch this short video to see exactly how easy it is to use a defibrillator.

Training can be provided on how to use a defibrillator for any businesses or centres that have recently purchased an AED for their premises. Although they can be easy to use and very user friendly it is always advised that anyone who is working in an area that could use a defibrillator should be trained on how to use one. These basic skills can make the difference between a casualty living or dying.

Sign up to one of our AED half day training courses now or contact us for any more information. 

Do YOU Have What it Takes to Save a Life?

Do YOU Have What it Takes to Save a Life?

Would you save a life or stand back and watch someone die?

This seems like a pretty silly question but unfortunately, recent studies have shown that up to 60% of accident related deaths in the UK could have been prevented if basic first aid had been given.

The study carried out by The British Red Cross and The University of Manchester also found that while 93% of people would phone 999, just half would choose not to carry out any form of first aid whilst waiting for the emergency services to arrive.

accident-sceneIt has been proved that in the crucial time between an accident happening and the emergency services arriving, the most basic first aid could make the difference between a casualty living or dying.

Joe Mulligan, head of first aid at The British Red Cross commented on these findings –

“Sadly in the majority of deaths we looked at, the simplest interventions could have helped keep someone alive until they got to hospital.” He continued to explain that although it was good that people were calling 999 “After calling 999 we want people to then do something in those crucial minutes before the ambulance arrives. Every person needs to recognise that in an emergency, you are part of the ‘chain of survival’.”

What can YOU do to save a life?

In a case of accidental injury or trauma, The British Red Cross have identified that placing a casualty that is unconscious/unresponsive on their side and tilting their head to open the airway or applying direct pressure to a moderate to major bleeding wound for casualties with traumas could be enough to save their life.

These very basic but simple first aid treatments could be enough for anyone to save a casualties life. By simply placing someone in the recovery position or applying pressure to a wound until the emergency services arrive, you could have done enough to keep someone alive until professional treatment can be given.

Anyone can learn these simple skills by attending a simple and basic first aid course