5th February 2025
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The difference between life and death

Every year in the UK, over 30,000 people suffer from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) out-of-hospital. Where the Emergency Services attempt to resuscitate, less than 10% will survive.[1]

Many Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) victims can be saved if they receive immediate treatment before the Emergency Services arrive, including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation which shocks the heart to resume a normal rhythm. 

If defibrillation is delivered within three to five minutes of collapse, survival rates can be as high as 50-70%.[2]

As the Emergency Services average response time is seven minutes, having a defibrillator in your workplace could improve the chances of survival. Are you putting your workers at risk by not having one?

Many factors in the workplace can delay resuscitation, such as:

  • Remote locations that are likely to be subject to longer Emergency Service response times
  • Urban or multi-story locations where Emergency Responders find it difficult to reach 
  • Businesses with spread out facilities that could provide hazardous if first aid equipment is located in distant buildings 

Having a defibrillator in the workplace could make the difference between life and death.

Click here to find out more.

[1] https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/policy-and-public-affairs/transforming-healthcare/out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrests 

[2] https://cks.nice.org.uk/topics/cardiac-arrest-out-of-hospital-care/background-information/prognosis/


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