St John Wales Urges Businesses to Invest in First Aid Equipment
24th February 2012
St John Wales is urging businesses to invest in vital first aid equipment and make their staff undergo simple lifesaving training.
The first aid charity is calling on organisations in Wales to help prevent untimely deaths by keeping an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on site at all times.
An AED is designed to shock the heart back into action in the minutes following a cardiac arrest and can be operated by anyone, regardless of their first-aid knowledge.
To mark National Heart Month, the charity is offering organisations the opportunity to buy a defibrillator and receive training sessions for up to eight people for £1,695, as part of a one-off package.
St John Wales Chief Executive Keith Dunn said: "We believe no one should die because of a lack of first aid when they need it.
"Defibrillators are an important part of first aid and we encourage any business or organisation to get one. It could be the difference between life and death."
In the UK, one person dies every six minutes from a heart attack and as many as one in three people will die before they reach the hospital. For each minute that passes without defibrillation, the chances of survival fall by up to ten per cent.
He added: "This is a fantastic package offering all you need to have an AED on site with confidently trained staff but in an emergency anyone can use as it as the machine talks you through the process.
"The more AEDs that are located throughout Wales the more lives that can be saved."
Anyone interested in purchasing a defibrillator should call our friendly team on 0845 2264 999 or email email@example.com