Blackpool finance firm installs defibrillator in business park


A life-saving defibrillator has been installed at financial services company Questa Chartered in the Whitehills business park near the town.

More than five Questa staff members have now completed comprehensive Workplace Safety Group training in the use of the defibrillator, which sends a high-energy electrical shock to the heart of a person in cardiac arrest to restart their heart.

For Questa, Anthony Hoskisson said, “We wanted a defibrillator to give our customers and staff complete peace of mind. We all hope it will never be used, of course. But if the need arises, we will be ready to meet it. And it just might save someone’s life.

The Questa Financial team at Whitehills Business Park have installed a defibrillator in their offices for anyone in cardiac arrest on the estate to use

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“Basic emergency skills can mean the difference between life and death in some cases. And now that we’re trained to use the right equipment, the odds of surviving cardiac arrest are improving.

“More than that, we want the whole business park to know that we have a defibrillator that they can access when needed. The more companies willing to invest and educate staff, the better it is for the whole community.

The defibrillator is located in the reception area of ​​the Questa office and accessed by following the instructions written on the cabinet.

The defibrillator is registered with The Circuit – The National Defibrillator Network supported by the British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance, Resuscitation Council Uk and the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives.

Every minute without CPR or defibrillation reduces a victim’s survival rate by 7-10%. Without immediate treatment, 90 to 95% of cardiac arrests turn out to be fatal. If a defibrillator is used within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, survival rates increase from 6% to 74%.

Every year in Britain, around 30,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital environments. They can affect anyone at any time – from young children at school to adults when they are at home, at work or in public places.

If the victims are not treated properly, more often than not, cardiac arrests are fatal. Figures from the British Heart Foundation show that only one in ten victims survive.

Famous footballer Fabrice Muamba was saved with the quick use of a defibrillator after suffering cardiac arrest during a match in 2012.

More recently, Danish international footballer Christian Eriksen was also saved using a defibrillator. He can now continue his playing career thanks to an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD), which can reset the heart after cardiac arrest.

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