MULTISOL INTRODUCES DEFIBRILLATORS
July 06, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Whilst the chances of a heart attack remain highly unlikely in any work place, employees at the Multisol depots in Daresbury and Irlam can be reassured that defibrillators are now situated at both locations. Defibrillators are simple and safe to use, they require no training and save lives. They work by delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the heart after it stops pumping to re-establish the body’s normal sinus rhythm.
“Defibs are now more commonly available in public places such as shopping centres, railway stations and gyms but they remain largely absent from the industrial work place,” explains Andrew Beck, Multisol’s Health & Safety Manager.
“Carol Hughes and Tricia Cooper are respected first aiders and brought this to our attention. We undertook a review which covered such things as the number of employees and their age profile, the reliability of the latest defibrillator products, ease of use and life-saving potential. CPR and early defibrillation with an AED (automated external defibrillator) can increase sudden cardiac arrest survival from 5% to over 50%. At Multisol, the safety and wellbeing of our staff is always of paramount importance and whilst we hope that they will never be used, there was a compelling case to look beyond the industry norm and consider the lifesaving potential in a worst case scenario. Carol, through her contacts within the paramedic fraternity, was also able to source a complete solution which includes the equipment, training and maintenance.”
According to the British Heart Foundation, every minute without CPR reduces a person’s chances of survival by upto 20%.
In August 2013, former Ryder Cup captain, Bernard Gallacher collapsed during a dinner at a hotel on the outskirts of Aberdeen. Bernard had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Fortunately, the hotel had a defibrillator. Thanks to the immediate action of staff with CPR and early live-saving shocks from a defibrillator, he survived. Drawing on his own personal experience, in partnership with the Professional Golfers’ Association and Arrhythmia Alliance, Bernard decided to launch the Bernard Gallacher Defibrillator campaign to support the placement of public-access defibrillators across the UK.