The reception area at Plumer House now has a defibrillator installed for emergency use.
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest and is an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival.
There are many defibrillators available in public places such as train stations, shopping centres and leisure centres and anyone can use them in an emergency if someone has a cardiac arrest.
Here are some key reasons why we wanted to install a defibrillator at our business premises:
- Cardiac arrests occur without prior warning and can be fatal if CPR and a defibrillator are not administered within the first 10 minutes.
- Defibrillators are easy to use because they tell you exactly what to do. Our first aiders will be trained in the use of the defibrillator.
- Chances of survival decrease by 1% every minute without CPR and the use of a defibrillator. Having a defibrillator nearby ensures the best possible chance of survival.
- You can’t make things worse by using a defibrillator because it will only shock if required and the victim will almost certainly die if no action is taken.
- Always be prepared – having a defibrillator at Plumer House will ensure we are prepared in the event of a cardiac arrest.
Head of Property and Safety Mark Henderson said: “The defibrillator is a great addition to the facilities that are on offer to users of Plumer House and may well be the difference in saving someone’s life.”