Solaris Health were recently hard at work locking fingers together, knuckles up and pushing hard and fast to the beat of Stayin’ Alive. As part of acquiring an onsite AED (automated external defibrillator) the team were trained and assessed in the correct use and application of this medical device. The primary objective of the training focused on understanding an AED, its primary function, common/unique features, supporting accessories, and the safety considerations when using an AED.
Cardiac arrest is one of the major causes of death.
• Approximately 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests occur every year in the UK
• When someone has a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary
resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 7-10%
• If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest,
survival chances increase from 6% to 74%
• The current rate of initial bystander CPR in England is reported to be around 43%1
The good news is with appropriate training and early intervention the survival rate can be dramatically increased. At Solaris Health we wanted to provide our team, as front-line citizens, with the confidence and control to handle a challenging situation with skill when an emergency strikes.
CPR, is a method that allows air and blood to continue circulating around the body, keeping tissues alive after the heart has stopped functioning. In essence, we’re buying time.
Training took place in our Solaris Health headquarters in Richmond and covered some of the most vital questions regarding what to do when a person is in cardiac arrest: the chain of survival (Figure 1). The session began with the team learning how to determine safety at the scene, how to assess if a person is breathing, and the correct technique and number of chest compressions and rescue breaths. Current guidelines state cycles of 30 compressions with 2 rescue breaths. Despite the sore palms, head sweats, and racing pulses the team certainly mastered the technique!
The latter half of the session covered treatment for airway obstruction, and the recovery position for when a casualty is unresponsive and breathing normally. All in all, the training was a balance of essential theory and practical explanation, with a final assessment to test knowledge and understanding. We are proud to say that all Solaris Health CPR trainees passed with flying colours. Stay tuned for our certificate ceremony!
Just remember NEVER DO NOTHING!
1. Defibshop.co.uk. (2017). Facts and Figures | defibshop. [online] Available at: http://www.defibshop.co.uk/facts-and-figures [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].