Bluebird Care's franchise support centre have invested in an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the local town.
Across the UK only 2% of calls 999 operators respond to have had an AED deployed at the scene by the time they arrive according to the Resuscitation Council, this is due to very few being installed as well as little awareness of this lifesaving equipment. By having an AED at the scene and if effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest the chances of survival increases from 6% to 74% (defibshop.co.uk).
A defibrillator is needed when an individual is suffering a cardiac arrest and defibrillation is essential to saving someone’s life during this time. Training is not required to use an AED, they are easy to use and can save someone’s life.
By investing in this piece of equipment Bluebird Care’s location is now registered with Heart Safe and The South-Central Ambulance Service. Should this equipment be required, when someone calls 999 the control room operator will give the building’s location to the caller and the AED can be used.
Bluebird Care’s national training manager, Nick Griffiths, who pushed to get this life saving equipment for Bluebird Care commented:
By investing in this life saving equipment Bluebird Care are supporting our local community and ambulance service by having a defibrillator readily available at the scene. As a franchise, Bluebird Care is a market leader in home care and are in a position to increase awareness of Automated External Defibrillators, not just in our community but across all of our offices in the UK. We would encourage every Bluebird Care office across the UK to consider investing in this lifesaving equipment for their own communities.
Bluebird Care’s AED is available to access during open hours, Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm.