Leading first aid charity St John Ambulance campaigning to get more lifesaving defibrillators in place across Derbyshire.
The charity wants to see more of the machines – which can shock people’s hearts back into action following a cardiac arrest – in businesses, shops, leisure facilities and workplaces across the county.
They are urging employers to get a defibrillator – and the training to use it - to protect their workforce and community.
A recent survey revealed that one in five employees knows someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest at their workplace.
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which shock the heart back into rhythm, can increase chances of survival up to 75 per cent.
Mel Fox, Regional Director for training at St John Ambulance in the Midlands, says: “Every year, thousands of people die of cardiac arrest when first aid could give them the chance to live.”
“’The latest guidance on CPR states that anyone can use an AED without training. The machines are now so simple to use that access is the most important thing. It means that anyone, trained or untrained, can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved in an emergency,” he said.
For more information about AEDs or first aid training through St John Ambulance call 0844 324 5535.