We've installed a second potentially life-saving defibrillator at our head office in Oldham, to provide vital First Aid support for anyone suffering a cardiac arrest.
The first defibrillator in the Sales office was installed back in 2018 and we've located the new one in the Doors canteen.
With the HPP Oldham site having nearly 200 staff, plus a steady stream of trade customers and visitors to our trade counter and offices, the machines are worthwhile items of equipment that we hope we never have to use but in the event we do, they are there to save a life.
Defibrillators are easy to use and significantly improve the chance of survival for someone having a cardiac arrest, which can strike people at any age.
The automated machine detects if the person's heart is beating or has an irregular beat and then delivers controlled electric shocks to restart the heart, if needed. It is highly portable (no bigger than a large handbag) and comes with a kit containing everything required by the First Aider.
The defibrillator gives out clear, spoken instructions to the First Aider using it and it's clearly labelled for easy use. No special training is needed, although our First Aiders have received guidance on its use.
With a defibrillator now on either side of the Oldham site, our team of First Aid-trained staff can easily direct other staff to bring a unit to them within a couple of minutes.