Workplace defibrillators can save lives

Is there a defibrillator in your workplace?

Are you aware that they can play a potentially life saving role in treating someone after a cardiac arrest?

According to the latest research figures published by The Institute of Safety and Health (IOSH), just under half of 1,000 business decision-makers across the UK surveyed had a defibrillator in their workplace.

Among the reasons given by businesses for not having a defibrillator were that it hadn’t even occurred to them to invest in one, that there was no need, or that they had had too few staff and that the cost was prohibitive.

An automatic external defibrillator (AED) restarts the normal rhythm of the heart through an electric shock. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.

IOSH is using their findings to encourage companies to consider whether they should install AEDs, which cost around £1,000 and last for around 10 years.

Reuben Evans of NFU Mutual Risk Management Services Ltd said: “British Red Cross  figures show that, 60,000 people suffer cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year in Britain, and half of those never even receive medical treatment. IOSH believes that some of those lives could be saved with a workplace defibrillator so it’s certainly something every employer should consider seriously.”