We are proud to say that we have a defibrillator! We are now able to ensure that any of our staff (and everyone in the local area) have the best chance of survival if they have a cardiac arrest.
Not only do we have a defibrillator, but we have also received some training on how to use it. Dave from The Oliver King Foundation came on-site to demonstrate how easy they are to use, defeat some common myths, and answer our questions. We now have staff in every section of the company (from the office to the labs to the yard to the refinery) who can confidently use a defibrillator.
The Oliver King Foundation aims to install defibrillators all over the country and to teach everyone that they are safe to use. They are so easy to use that you can also use them, even if you have not received any training.
So today, I want to share a little bit of their message with you all in a couple of brief points:
- you cannot do any harm with a defibrillator
- using a defibrillator massively increases the chance of survival
- when you open a defibrillator, it guides you of what to do
- before you open a defibrillator you need to cut away all clothing and ensure there are no obstructions near the body
- you place the two pads (pictured here) where the graphic tells you to and you follow the advice of the voice
- when doing chest compressions, you use both hands, press down a couple of inches, and keep to a steady rhythm
- if they start breathing again, then you place the body into the recovery position on their side