We are delighted to share that our ten branches now have their own defibrillator (Automated External Defibrillator, or AED) units.
Although it's not a legal requirement for the Society to install AEDs in our branches, many cardiac arrests happen in public, so we feel very strongly that access to this equipment is critical to the safety of our customers and employees.
Defibrillators are used to treat someone in cardiac arrest, with research showing that deployment of one within 3-5 minutes of collapse can produce survival rates of 50-70%, according to First Aid for Life.
The defibrillators are easy to use, providing clear voice instructions covering everything from performing CPR to attaching the shock pads. Although we hope they will never need to be used, we hope that the installation of these defibrillators will give confidence to our employees and customers should they find themselves in an emergency situation.
Each unit is with registered The Circuit, the national defibrillator network. The Circuit maps defibrillator units across the UK, connecting them automatically to the relevant ambulance service and ensuring they are always ready to help save lives.
For more information on defibrillators and how to use them, visit the St John's Ambulance website.