As little as ten years ago it was rare to see a defibrillator outside of a hospital, ambulance or perhaps a residential home. Nowadays they are popping up everywhere from offices to village halls, local football clubs, shops, malls and any other public setting you may think of. Why? Because they save lives, simple as that. We take a look at the history of defibrillators and their recent emergence into our communities and workplaces.
What is a Defibrillator?
This medical apparatus has been used in hospitals for decades, with portable ones being carried on ambulances since the 1950s. This device gives a high energy electric shock to the heart which can re-establish normal conduction (fibrillation) of the heart after a cardiac arrest. The chance of survival from a sudden heart attack rises by around 70% when a defibrillator is close by.
Defibrillators in the Workplace
As well as being carried on ambulances, for the last couple of decades we have seen defibrillators purchased by workplaces as a means to protect staff, clients and other stakeholders who may be on the premises.
Community Public Access Defibrillators (PADS)
As well as in workplaces, defibrillator units are now seen all over the country in community settings. One of the reasons we are now seeing defibrillators out in the community is that not only have they come down in price dramatically since they were first introduced, but there are also numerous grants for them too. Not only that, but some communities are choosing to fundraise for these vital items.
How Do I use One?
Should you experience someone having a heart attack and a defibrillator is in your reach, then you shouldn’t be afraid to use it. PADs come with audio instructions, although you can also call 999 for assistance. Having said that defibrillation training can make a real difference and is one of the many First Aid Training Courses Peterborough providers Human Touch offer.
A defibrillator course is a good option for workplaces where a defibrillator has been fitted. It’s a short course that can help staff feel more confident with the idea of using one should the worst occur. If you’re thinking about getting staff trained up then contact us today to discuss your needs.