A business park has received a life-saving defibrillator thanks to a local accounting firm and a cardiac arrest program
Workers at a Cwmbran business park will now have access to a potentially life-saving defibrillator, thanks to accountants and tax advisers at Green & Co and the Welsh Ambulance Service through the Save a Life Cymru scheme.
The defibrillator will be the only one within walking distance of the many businesses with hundreds of employees in the business park, leading to important conversations about the need for access to defibrillators at work.
The defibrillator will be accessible to the public and is located outside the company’s headquarters at Pembroke House on Llantarnam Parkway.
It is estimated that every minute of delay in defibrillation reduces the probability of long-term survival by 10%.
According to a study by the National Institute of Health Research, the survival rate in the UK for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is just 8%, but rises to 32% with the assistance of a witness and defibrillation, even up to 53%. for people with abnormal heart rhythm.
There are over 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year.
Even with more people working remotely, many are still spending a lot of time in the office. Most defibrillators are found in community settings, however, with 20% of cardiac arrests occurring at work – better access is needed.
Green & Co manager Nick Park said it was a colleague’s personal story that inspired him to consider having a defibrillator closer to work.
He said: “The health and well-being of our staff is obviously of the utmost importance to us, but that was only when we discussed the personal experiences of one of our colleagues with genetic heart disease. that we realized there were no defibrillators within walking distance of our offices.
“Naturally, publicly accessible defibs are kept in community spaces – but with so many people working on the business park, we felt it was important to try and find one nearby – every second counts .
“I am delighted that we now have a defibrillator at the entrance to our office. It is available to anyone in the area who needs it and hopefully will help save lives. In my experience, the just taking the defibrillator training course was incredibly helpful and gave me so much more confidence on how to help if someone is collapsing I would highly recommend others take a lifesaving training that could make a profound difference.
Carl Powell, of the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “There are 6,000 cardiac arrests in Wales every year, and although most of them happen at home, a significant number happen in public.
“Time is a critical factor in an arrest, and unfortunately not all public access defibs are listed on thecircuit.uk register – particularly those in workspaces.
“I am delighted that Green & Co has placed the defibrillator outside of its office and made it available to the public, which could save lives.”