Placing your organisation at the heart of your community- Corporate responsibility and AEDs
Keep your community’s heart beating with a public access AED!
Last month we talked about the benefits of having an AED on site that can be accessed by members of the public should a cardiac arrest incident occur. As business awards season looms, your organisation may be considering, amongst other aspects, your contributions to charities and the local community. With the increase in social enterprises in recent years, corporate responsibility is under more scrutiny than ever before and organisations across the U.K. are actively making more conscious efforts to give back.
Earlier this year, St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd awarded competition winner Scott Jackson, managing director of Milngavie-based SBJ Engineering Services Ltd an AED to donate to a charity of his choice. Jackson chose the Glasgow Street Pastors, meaning there is now a public access AED located in the Tron Church at Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow.
Purchasing an AED and allowing public access places your organisation at the heart of your community, not only demonstrating a commitment to health and safety but saving lives.
This year in Scotland alone 3,500 casualties will suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) .
1 in 20 will survive, meaning just 175 people saved.*
Although these statistics are an improvement on previous years there is still a demand for appropriate action as chances of survival decrease by 10% for each minute the casualty is not treated.
However, thanks to new technology using an AED and providing effective CPR is easier than before. To see an example of the latest CPR technology click the picture below to view the Zoll AED 3.
Is this relevant to my business?
Yes! Different types of organisations have particular advantages of hosting an AED on-site, with varied scenarios in which an incident could occur.
Whether you’re as intense as the Wolf of Wall Street or feel like a contender for the next season of The Office, each working environment comes with the risk of a cardiac arrest casualty. With each employee spending a large proportion of time in the building, there is a higher chance of an incident occurring on-site. Furthermore, if located in a business park it might take longer for an ambulance to reach the casualty meaning a shared access AED would benefit each organisation based there.
In contrast, city centre organisations may provide immediate help to a local incident before an ambulance arrives or be the quickest response to an incident happening on their own site due to awkward routes or traffic conditions for the emergency services.
Community, Religious and Leisure Centres
Community centres like the Tron Church, alongside other religious and leisure centres, are the hub of any city or town. They not only have a variety of activities under their roof, catering to all ages and lifestyles, but are usually centrally located. If an incident should occur, on site or nearby, they may be the nearest help point until the emergency services arrive. This is crucial as the average ambulance response time is 8 minutes in the U.K.
Recognised Brands: supermarkets, retail units and banks
Everyday beacons for those passing by, recognised brands are the perfect hosts for a public access AED. With engaged social media platforms to promote their new AEDs on-site they have a higher chance of being used and potentially saving a life.
Schools, Colleges and Universities
Students will spend most of their time in these institutions, as will teachers and support staff. Unlike heart attacks, cardiac arrest does not discriminate by age or lifestyle and can happen to anyone at any time and a largely populated building or campus means a higher risk of an incident occurring.
Additionally, like community, religious and leisure centres, these institutions are centrally located and well known in their local areas.
Worried about the responsibility?
• Our Online First Aid Training courses cover AED use and CPR for just £25 + VAT.
• Invest in a fully-automatic defibrillator that will deliver the shock to the casualty itself with full guidance to a bystander providing CPR.
• We provide in-house training for those organisations wishing to train up to 15 members of staff in first aid. AEDs and CPR are an essential part of all workplace first aid courses.
• Our training centres offer specific AED training for less than £100 in seven different locations across Scotland.
At St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd, we are dedicated to providing accessible information about AEDs and the options available for organisations – this is to help achieve our overarching goal of a safer Scotland.
If you need further advice on which AED to choose or available training courses available please don’t hesitate to call our sales team on
0300 4 666 999