A new defibrillator has been installed at IPS Flow Systems based in Seaham.
IPS Flow Systems recognises the importance a defibrillator can have on a person’s survival and recently took delivery of a defibrillator.
A victim’s chance of survival falls around seven to 10 per cent with every minute that defibrillation is delayed. When a heart stops beating, oxygen is not being transported to the brain and other vital organs, and within four to five minutes, brain damage will start to occur without intervention.
IPS Flow Systems has expanded their emergency first aid at work team from two to four and Karen Angus and Michael Potter, who are also Mental Health Fist Aid Champions, recently completed a three-day first aid at work course with St John’s Ambulance.
Karen Angus, Finance Director, confirmed that you cannot hurt someone with a defibrillator because it will not work unless the person is in cardiac arrest.
She said: “In the past equipment like this used to require hours of training but now with it being fully automated, clear instructions are given so that anyone can use it if required.”
IPS would like to make all their neighbours aware on Seaham Grange Industrial Estate that during trading hours the defibrillator is available to use.