Creating Life Savers in the Workplace

Creating Life Savers in the Workplace

August 30, 2019

Did you know that defibrillators are an essential part of trying to save the life of someone who is in cardiac arrest?  They can easily be used by anyone until professional medical help arrives.  For every minute it takes for a defibrillator to reach someone and deliver a shock, their chance of survival reduces by up to 10%. After learning this, Reel Service decided to invest in defibrillator machines for each of their facilities.

Despite there being no legal requirement to have defibrillators in the workplace, many SMEs like Reel Service are now installing defibrillators and complimenting this with professional training for staff to ensure a competent and fast response time for someone in need.   Even though defibrillators are designed such that anyone can use them in an emergency, Reel Service felt that receiving professional training could make a valuable difference when an employee, customer or member of the public is at their most vulnerable.

Busting the myth of what a defibrillator does to the human body was part of the training that 12 of our employees were involved in earlier this year.  Those who may have thought that a defibrillator jump-starts a heart that has already stopped learned that a defibrillator is a device that delivers a high energy electrical shock to a person’s heart and resets the electrical state of the heart so that it returns to its natural rhythm, keeping that person alive until professional medical help arrives.

Reel Service now have AEDs installed in each of its facilities and will continue to update trained users on a regular basis.

Reel Service’ investment shall also benefit the broader local community following our connection to The Circuit – the national defibrillator network which links ambulance services with the public in a bid to help save more lives from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). This network links the Emergency Services to their nearest defibrillator allowing the greater community access to these invaluable devices .

For further reading on this subject, The British Heart Foundation is an invaluable resource, more information here