As the Euros grip the nation and we dare to dream that the words “It’s coming home” may actually be a reality, who can forget the frightening and shocking scenes a few weeks ago of Denmark footballer Christian Eriksen falling to the floor with heart problems? Thanks to the quick actions of the players and amazing medical staff, the outcome was one which we all prayed for. A positive to be gained from this has seen a rise in not only grassroots football realising the importance of CPR and defibrillator training, but across the board in all businesses, schools and other sectors of industry.
CPR, Cardio (Heart) Pulmonary (Lungs) Resuscitation (Revival) is an emergency life saving procedure which is performed on people whose heart has stopped. By pushing on the casualties chest and blowing into their mouth the rescuer is trying to keep the heart pumping and oxygen flowing around the body until an ambulance arrives.
Brain death occurs four to six minutes after the heart stops breathing. CPR effectively keeps blood flowing and provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs, giving the victim a better chance for full recovery and if CPR is given within the first two minutes of cardiac arrest, the chances of survival double. CPR classes will equip you with the tools and the confidence you need to transform yourself from the role of bystander to lifesaver.
Prompt bystander CPR dramatically increases the casualty’s chances of surviving and it also helps to keep the heart in a state where it is better placed to respond to defibrillation.
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest. A defibrillator may also be referred to as a defib, an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) or a PAD (Public Access Defibrillator).
This works hand in hand with CPR training and Defibrillators (AEDs) are proven to save lives and they are an invaluable addition to health and safety provision for your employees. Defibrillators are simple to operate and can be used by anyone, with no prior training. However, training employees in how use a defibrillator will make sure they are familiar with the device, so they are able to act quickly and confidently when it really counts.
The importance of CPR and Defibrillator training is imperative-it saves lives and the basis of first aid training is “prevention”. It is always better to be safe than to be sorry. Knowledge of first aid promotes the sense of safety and well being amongst people, prompting them to be more alert and safe in the surroundings they dwell in. Awareness and desire to be accident free keeps you more safe and secure, reducing the number of casualties and accidents.
Helps save lives
If a person who is trained to give first aid administration happens to see any casualty in his vicinity, immediate action can be taken and lives be saved. While it is natural for most of us to rush to support any injured person, a trained person is more reliable, confident and in control of himself and his actions while in trauma situations.
As an employer it’s your responsibility to make arrangements to make sure that your workplace is as safe as possible, although even in the safest of environments accidents can, and do, still happen. This is why it is important to have first aid trained employees on hand in all workplaces.
Here at Midlands Health & Safety Consultancy, we offer various levels of First Aid training, including Refresher courses and Student courses that cover all of the aforementioned aspects.
For further information on First Aid Training requirements please contact us.