We had the pleasure of inviting Nikki from the British Heart Foundation into our office to help educate, inform and raise awareness of what the foundation does and most importantly, how to apply CPR and remove the fear of using a Defibrillator.

There were many of us here at Inspired who did not know CPR, or how easy it is to handle a Defibrillator. During our breaks and lunches we visited Nikki in our canteen where we had an opportunity to learn CPR and go through the steps of a Defibrillator hands on. There were some people anxious about handling a Defibrillator, but were confident enough afterwards to make a decision on whether they could use a Defib at the time of an emergency.

A lot of people mucked in and got involved by using the dummy, trying CPR compressions and becoming more confident in not only using a Defib but understanding when to use it.

Do you know the difference between Cardiac Arrest and a Heart Attack?

A cardiac arrest and a heart attack are not the same.
A heart attack can lead to a cardiac arrest.
During a heart attack, an artery supplying blood to the heart muscle becomes blocked. This starves part of the heart muscle of oxygen, and causes symptoms such as chest pain/discomfort – but the person is most commonly still conscious and breathing.

During a cardiac arrest the heart stops pumping blood around their body and to their brain. The person will fall unconscious, they won’t respond to you and they’ll stop breathing or won’t breathe normally.

Would you like to know how to do CPR?

CPR is an emergency procedure of manual chest compressions and rescue breaths, performed to help save a person’s life who is in cardiac arrest. Vinnie Jones did a great video demonstration below, and let’s be honest, if he can do it, you can do it!

 

TIP #1:  Injuring someone during CPR

At the point of cardiac arrest, the heart is not pumping blood around the body and the person is technically dead.
Performing CPR and using a defibrillator can double their chances of survival, so it’s vital that it’s carried out.
Occasionally during this process minor injuries can occur (such as a cracked rib), but you should continue to give CPR to help save their life.

Are you afraid of using a Defibrillator?

A defibrillator is a device that can be used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm during cardiac arrest. Those available to the public work automatically and provide instructions and will not deliver a shock unless one is necessary.

If someone is able to fetch a defibrillator for you, or if one is easily within reach, then you should always attempt to attach it to the person having a cardiac arrest. If you are alone, never leave a person in cardiac arrest to go off and find a defibrillator.
Call 999 then start CPR immediately.

A public Defib guides you through step by step and is intelligent enough to know when and if to provide the person with a shock. Watch this video below to see how easy it is…

 

TIP #2 Is training needed to use a Defib?

No – the Public Defib’s give clear, verbal instructions on how to use the device. There are images on the packets for the chest pads that show you where to place them, which doesn’t have to be exact, and sometimes also on the device itself. Being untrained in using a defibrillator shouldn’t be a barrier to using one. Lives have been saves by untrained people giving defibrillator shocks to people in cardiac arrest.

Fundraising for the British Heart Foundation

Through a ‘Bag it Beat It’ promotion, where we asked our employees to bring in their unwanted stuff in bags, we managed to collect around 15 bags. This equates to around £300  as each bag is typically worth about £20 each to the British Heart Foundation.

Well done to all who got involved and supplied us your bags full of stuff!