Shocking stats: why we need more workplace defibrillators and CPR trained staff

You’ve just suffered a cardiac arrest. What are your chances of survival. The bad news is that up to 95% of victims die without immediate treatment. How immediate?

Well, if CPR and a defibrillator are used within 3 minutes you have 74% chance of staying alive. After 5 minutes that plummets to just 6%. Bear in mind that, even in urban areas, the average time between dialling 999 and the ambulance arriving is 11 minutes. Which means you’re probably dead.

Legally, every organisation with employees has to have a designated person responsible for first aid, but they don’t necessarily have to be trained first aiders. In the same way, it isn’t a legal obligation to keep an AED on the premises.

But the case for having a defibrillator to save lives could not be clearer – especially if there isn’t a public access device (PAD) somewhere nearby. And it’s equally clear that having people around who are correctly trained in first aid, and know how to deliver CPR, is just as essential. Both are required to save a life.

If you need an extra reason to consider adding an AED to your first aid resources, the Health and Safety Executive has recently updated its guidance on first aid at work. One of the new requirements concerns the addition of defibrillator operation to training courses on first aid at work (FAW) and emergency first aid at work (EFAW).

For full details of our range of first aid courses and free advice on which one is best for you, contact the Phoenix team at any time. We’ll be happy to advise on accessing your own defibrillator as well.