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Should Your Workplace Have A Defibrillator?

Feb 4, 2017

February is National Heart Month so no doubt many people out there have been inspired to look at their lifestyles to see if any changes could be made to be healthier and protect their hearts as best they can through diet, exercise and more.

As an employer, you do have a duty of care to your members of staff and a truly supportive company will do all it can to help keep their employees in good health. After all, a poorly workforce is an unproductive one so it’s in your best interests to encourage healthy lifestyles in whatever way you can.

However, you can’t protect your staff from everything and chances are that someone will eventually develop some kind of life-threatening illness or a long-lasting condition that will require you as a company to take some form of action.

According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), every three minutes someone in the UK has a heart attack and approximately 30 per cent of cases are actually fatal, so it’s highly possible that someone will suffer a cardiac arrest while at work.

If this were to happen, would you be prepared? Would you have the appropriate training and emergency defibrillators in place to help the person in question? BHF research indicates that for every minute that defibrillation is delayed, a person’s chances of survival drop by between seven and ten per cent – so it’s clear just how important immediate treatment is when someone’s having a heart attack.

In any case, it might soon become law for all public facilities to have defibrillators in place if MP for Lewes Maria Caulfield is successful in her bid to have a bill proposing this passed through Parliament. While businesses may not be included in this at the moment, it’s highly likely that it could soon be put forward as an idea – especially when you take into account how many lives are saved as a result of defibrillation.

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