A decision has been made to invest over £10,000 in Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) at each Baylis site in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Following further first aid staff training, action was taken to make defibrillators available across all of Baylis sites, they are designed to be user friendly. An automated voice gives clear instructions of the procedures needed to deliver a potentially life saving shock to the casualty in the absence of a heartbeat. The AED will only deliver a shock if it cannot detect a heartbeat and can therefore be used by personnel with minimum training. When a casualty goes into cardiac arrest if their heart has stopped beating, their chances of survival are slim if urgent first aid action is not taken. The use of the AEDs can significantly increase the individual’s survival rate particularly if applied in the first few minutes of an attack. Fast action with this kit can even lead to patient stabilisation before the arrival of the emergency services. "We want to make sure that, should the worst happen to an employee or even a member of the public, we have the relevant equipment on hand that may save their life.”
Baylis Director, Dave Jones welcomes the addition of the new technology and has said:
At Baylis we are always looking to improve Health and Safety and feel that nowadays a defibrillator is as fundamental as a first aid kit. Our staff and customers are at the heart of everything we do.