CPR & AED First Aid at Swatkins

On Friday 4th December, Denise Alcott, Julie Homer, Andy Tipton, Matt Nye, Tracey Tipton, Andy Marklew, Sophie Swatkins & Stephanie Swatkins all participated and completed a Level 2 First Aid and AED Training Programme, a comprehensive guide to resuscitation and automated external defibrillation.

We learnt that an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a safe, reliable, computerised device that can analyse heart rhythms and enable a non-medically qualified rescuer to safely deliver the lifesaving shock.

The use of an AED can dramatically increase the chances of survival is a casualty’s heart stops beating, but it must be used promptly – for every one minute delay in delivering the shock, the chance of survival reduces by up to 10%.

The first response team educated us in the importance of an early recognition and call for help; we learnt that brain cells start to die within 3 to 4 minutes of a cardiac arrest, so it’s very important that this is recognised early. The next step in the chain of survival is the early CPR, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation. These are needed to pump blood around the body and rescue breaths are needed to put more oxygen in. If the heart has been kept oxygenated, it is easier to restart it. With a AED defibrillator on site, we have increased the chances of survival by 85%. Early defibrillation is therefore vital.

Health and safety is our number one priority at Swatkins Group Ltd and we constantly strive to ensure we keep advancing with the latest medical techniques and devices in our buildings to safeguard our valued employees.

To find out more on First Aid or how an AED could help your workplace, please follow the link below: