STATISTICS from the British Heart Foundation recently revealed that there are 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK per year.
Says a spokesperson: “When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by ten per cent.”
The figures prompted leading North-east law firm, Stronachs LLP, to promote the importance of First Aid at work.
The company, which is based on Aberdeen’s Albyn Place, has purchased a defibrillator to keep on-site, and organised First Aid training for its staff.
Stronachs’ partner, Carol Crowther, who heads the property department at the firm, felt it was vital to install the equipment and ensure employees were fully trained in First Aid.
The British Red Cross has delivered a series of comprehensive training courses to staff at Stronachs. Training covered all aspects of First Aid, including dealing with everything from sprains and allergic reactions to choking and seizures.
The course also dealt with serious emergencies like strokes, chest pains and heart attacks, demonstrating the administration of CPR and how to operate the company’s defibrillator.
Ms Crowther said: “The statistics highlighted the importance of First Aid – not only in the workplace, but in every day life situations.
“Before the training, it became clear that people were scared to administer CPR – they had concerns about not knowing if a person was still breathing when they started the process, and others had worries about breaking the casualties ribs by pressing too hard.
“Following the training, feedback has been extremely positive and staff now feel confident to deal with emergency situations.
“The course has provided them with the comprehensive set of practical skills needed to become a confident first aider at work, giving staff both the ability and knowledge to deal with emergency situations.”
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