Star Platforms installs defibrillators across network

By Euan Youdale14 February 2022

UK-based Star Platforms has invested in new lifesaving equipment at each of its locations. The seven new defibrillators will help save the life of someone who is in cardiac arrest.

Star Platforms defibrillators (Photo: Star Platforms).

There are around 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests that occur each year in the UK. Star Platforms said that according to the British Heart Foundation, less than 1 in 10 people survive a sudden cardiac arrest. With only 40% of bystanders who witness a cardiac arrest confident in performing CPR, the installation and training for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are paramount in increasing the survival rate of cardiac arrests, added the company.

AEDs can be used to treat sudden cardiac arrest by analysing a person’s heart rhythm and if needed, delivering an electric shock or defibrillation, which can help re-establish a heart’s effective rhythm.

Research shows that, on average, only about 15% of people survive a cardiac arrest if it occurs outside of a hospital environment. However, if a defibrillator is used within three to five minutes of collapse, survival rates can be as high as 70%, says Star Platforms.

Star Platforms defibrillators One of Star Platforms’ new defibrillators. (Photo: Star Platforms).

In conjunction with installing the AEDs, all depot staff have received a toolbox talk on using the units. In addition, all units have been registered with the national defibrillator database to allow members of the public to access the device in case of an emergency.

Del Patterson, QHSE manager at Star Platforms, commented, “Installing AEDs in all of our depots will provide an extra lifeline if someone falls ill at, or close to one of our locations.

They are easy to use, with clear and easy-to-follow instructions, which anyone can use even with little training.

We hope that we would never have to use them, but in case of an emergency, we are now equipped to deal with it accordingly.”

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