AED Defibrillation

WYMS with our supplier, Cardiac Science, can provide AED Defibrillator packages which include Defibrillator devices, initial and on going training. The relatively cheap cost of purchasing the AED unit and training in both Basic Lifesupport and Defibrillator use is far outweighed by their well documented success.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death, accounting for more than one million deaths per year. SCA can strike at any time and at persons of any age, race, gender or fitness. During a SCA, the heart function ceases without warning. Even individuals who appear to be in good health can be at risk, as evidenced by the recent Muamba collapse in 2012 and the death of footballer Miklós Fehér 2004. In both these instances, a world class athlete at the peak of physical fitness went into sudden cardiac arrest. The striking contrast between the events of 2004 and 2012 is the rapid management by medical professionals and the deployment of the AED in 2012 which has resulted in a good outcome, compared with 2004 where no recovery was made.

When sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the heart is no longer able to pump blood around the body and in the majority (90%) of cases, the victim dies. This usually occurs when the electrical impulses in heart become rapid (ventricular tachycardia) or has a chaotic rhythm (ventricular fibrillation). These irregular heart rhythms are termed arrhythmias. A defibrillator is required to restore a natural rhythm, allowing the heart to pump normally. There is often a misconception and confusion about sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack.

SCA is an electrical problem which prevents the heart from pumping blood to the vital organs. This is an immediate cessation of the heart. This often does not display any symptoms or warning signs.
 
A heart attack occurs when the vessels of the heart become blocked, preventing blood flow to the heart muscle and consequently the heart muscle dies. Symptoms may include; chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, and sweating. In some situations, a heart attack leads to sudden cardiac arrest.
Defibrillation
Defibrillation is the definitive treatment for life threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Defibrillation delivers a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart.
 This depolarizes the heart muscle thus terminating the arrhythmia and allows the normal rhythm to be re-established. Defibrillation within two to three minutes lifts the chance of survival to almost 70 % when combined with Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Many studies have documented the effects of time to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation on survival from SCA. For every minute that passes from collapse to defibrillation, survival rates decrease by between 7 and 10 percent if no CPR is provided. As local ambulance services cannot respond in that time frame, the presence of Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) devices can make the difference between life and death.

WYMS can provide in-house scenario based resuscitation training including the use of the AED on realistic training devices.
Our experienced trainers make the training informative and fun with the added benefit it may save lives. This type of training can be tailored for offices, factories and other workplaces as well as schools or colleges. In particular, this may be of interest to schools and colleges as part of their Citizenship and Personal and Social Education, it is most definately an important life skill.


Why not take advantage of our “One Stop” approach to Training – one organisation making it easy for industry!

For further information, please contact the Director of Training:

Mike Shucksmith
e: mike@westyorkshiremedical.co.uk
t: (07806) 486941
Comments