Life saving equipment for British Airways Maintenance Site in Barry
4:07pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
A MUCH-NEEDED and valuable piece of life-saving equipment, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), was presented to the British Airways Maintenance Site in Barry.
Welsh Hearts was delighted to be able to donate two defibrillators that will benefit the 900 employees and visItors to the area.
Sharon Owen, Welsh Hearts director of fundraising, said: “We hope the defibrillator never has to be used, but if it does many lives in will be saved as a consequence. When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival drop by up to 14 per cent for every minute that passes, so a speedy response is crucial. Therefore, early defibrillation – within four to five minutes – gives the best possible chance of survival.
“In Wales there are approximately 5,000 sudden cardiac arrests outside hospital each year. There is a survival rate of three per cent. Where an AED (defibrillator) is used, the survival rate is 47-50 per cent.
Sharon added: "By having an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), then the chances of a surviving an attack increases ‘greatly’ from less than five per cent without one. This is because the chance of successful defibrillation declines at a rate of over 20 per cent per minute unless chest compressions are given (which is also a good reason for your community to be trained in CPR).
"Welsh Hearts Working in partnership with The Welsh Ambulance Service do an amazing job and the British Airways Maintenance Site is in quite a remote location. If we can get help to someone in difficulty as quickly as possible it will give them a greater chance of survival.”
Roger Welch, production manager, said: "British Airways Maintenance in Barry currently occupies over 44,000 m2 and employs over 900 staff. The majority of our facility is contained within an open aircraft hangar environment, with additional external aircraft operating areas.
"Recently four of our employees have passed away with the cause being directly attributable to heart failure. Whilst their passing didn't happen at work, all four individuals had been at work immediately prior to their death. We have recognised that we need to be able to offer immediate and appropriate first aid to our staff and visitors should the need arise. Currently due to the size of our facility we do not feel that we could offer this level of support and the addition of two defibrillators will enable us to achieve this aim.
"We cannot control what happens outside our organisation, however I would like to be in the position to ensure that if an incident happened at work, we will have done all that was possible to save someone's life. A huge thank you to Welsh Hearts in Wales for giving us these defibrillators."
Sharon Owen said: “With access to more defibrillators, Welsh Hearts can help our partners in the emergency services to improve chances of survival and protect our communities. Someone in cardiac arrest will lose consciousness, will not be breathing and will have no signs of circulation. A defibrillator is used to shock the heart following a cardiac arrest.
“Unfortunately, there are not enough defibrillators in Wales or trained people to give victims the best chance of survival during those first few critical minutes. "With more defibrillators we can provide a vital link in the chain of survival so that even more lives can be saved throughout Wales
"Welsh Hearts want to raise funds across Wales to enable this vital initiative to happen. We would like to see a defibrillator next to every fire extinguisher in Wales.
“This can only be made possible through donations of time and money and there are so many ways that people can fundraise for us from organising a coffee morning, concert, golf day in fact just about anything goes. Please get in touch if you can help.
"Welsh Hearts are also fundraising for cardiac equipment for hospitals and medical centres throughout Wales, heart research throughout Wales and supporting cardiomyopathy in Wales.”
Welsh Hearts relies on donations of time and money. All money raised in Wales is spent in Wales.
For information about organising your own fundraising event for Welsh Hearts or volunteering in your local area, call the fundraising office on 02920 786521or email email@example.com
For more information about Welsh Hearts visit www.welshhearts.org