That’s right, you heard it correctly.
We at Vital Workplace Training are happy to do our bit to protect our community from the dangers of sudden cardiac arrest, we are willing to provide FREE defibrillator training to local sports clubs and teams.
The events that unfolded during Finland vs Demark Euro 2020 match show us how important it is to have the skills necessary to identify a sudden cardiac arrest and take action to preserve life. All the professional members of the team worked together and used their training well enough to resuscitate the casualty on the pitchside. The key element was the training, forward planning for any incident that may occur.
Why is it important to have training?
Like most things in first aid, the idea is to make it as simple as possible to render the correct aid in an emergency. Should the worst happen, knowing the correct procedure could save lives. It is all based around the chain of survival, used by medical professionals and volunteers alike.
Call for emergency support
The moment you feel there is an emergency, call 999 or 112 to contact the local ambulance service. Tell them where you are and what has happened.
Start Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) immediately
The call handler at the emergency ambulance dispatch centre will instruct you what to do next. This will involve delivering CPR, the act of pushing down on the centre of the casualty’s chest, hard and fast to keep blood moving around the brain, heart and lungs.
Find and use a defibrillator
The reason a casualty has collapsed is usually their heart has malfunctioned. To fix this, the heart muscle needs an electrical shock to get back to normal. The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a computer the measures the heart’s electrical signals and decides whether to shock the heart back to normal or not. The science is all done by the AED, all we have to do is connect the casualty to it.
Continue until the ambulance arrives
As daunting as it seems, CPR and AED are vital in the casualty’s survival. These will have to continue until the ambulance crew arrive and take over from you. This could be minutes, but usually no longer than 10-15, as the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) aim to be on-site in an emergency within seven and a half minutes1. Once the crew is on the scene, they will set up their gear and let you know when you can stop.
How we are making a difference
Our aim is to help local sports teams and clubs gain the confidence needed to deal with such emergencies. The first step is to train people to recognise the issue and follow the procedure safely.
We at Vital Workplace Training Group Ltd are offering FREE Defibrillator training from our Coggeshall based training room, on these dates:
- Friday 2nd July 1600hrs
- Friday 9th July 1600hrs
- Friday 16th July 1600hrs
- Friday 23rd July 1600hrs
- Friday 30th July 1600hrs
The limit on entry numbers is set to six (unless in a social bubble), so if you would like to join us email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
Anyone can join, as long as you’re aware that you MUST be over the age of 14, physically able to get on the floor and push on a mannequin and follow electronic prompts.
You will receive a certificate that demonstrates your new skills, which can be used to show people you are trained to deliver CPR.
If you would like to know more about first aid, we provide a selection of Health & Safety and First Aid training courses for workplaces, sports clubs and social settings. Drop me a message at email@example.com or call 01376 317760 to find out more.
Response figures published by East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) Annual Report 2020-2021