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CHAMBER SUPERHEROES PREPARED TO SAVE LIVES WITH NEW DEFIBRILLATOR

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Date: 05/05/2017

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is ready to save the lives of its employees and those of other surrounding businesses with a new defibrillator, installed at the office on Warndon Business Park last week.

A defibrillator can significantly increase the likelihood of surviving a cardiac arrest, which happens when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. The biggest killer in the workplace, cardiac arrest affects over 30,000 people in the UK each year with a survival rate of less than 10%.
 
As a leading business support organisation, the Chamber has long seen workplace health as a priority. Dawn Hardman, Director of HR, is a member of the steering group for Worcestershire Works Well - a free accreditation scheme supporting businesses to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees. Chamber employees are regularly kept up to date with recent health campaigns and receive visits from local health organisations.
 
The decision to install the defibrillator was partly inspired by Worcester business Titania’s Heart Safe campaign, which aims to raise awareness of cardiac arrest and train local people to perform lifesaving CPR.
 
American Police Officer Bryan Platz visited the cyber security firm’s headquarters in February 2016 and April 2017 where he delivered life saving training to Titania staff and the local community. Several Chamber employees recently attended the training, where they were inspired to change their attitudes towards cardiac arrest and be prepared to save lives locally.
 
Dawn Hardman, Director of HR at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, commented:
 
“I have been extremely inspired by Titania’s passion to train local communities to perform life saving CPR, an initiative that was recognised with an Outstanding Achievement Award from Worcestershire Works Well last year. At the Chamber, we lost a young colleague two years ago unexpectedly and we know the devastating effects such a loss can have. I hope that the new defibrillator and Bryan Platz’s training will provide us with the capability to save lives if needed. I encourage employers to ensure their staff are aware of the risk of cardiac arrest and consider having CPR training.”
 
The need for local CPR training and defibrillators is increasingly significant. When a person goes into cardiac arrest, it takes only minutes for the brain to die without oxygen, often not long enough for paramedics to arrive at the scene. Performing CPR whilst waiting for the emergency services and using a defibrillator can significantly increase the chance of survival, having the potential to not only save a life but prevent the unexpected grief experienced by friends and family.
 
To learn more about cardiac arrest and join the campaign locally, join the Worcestershire HEARTsafe Community group on Facebook.