Are you covered if someone has a heart attack?

How would you stand legally if someone suffered a heart attack on your premises and you didn’t have the necessary kit available to give them emergency treatment?

Although there’s no law that says you have to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) ready for such occasions, failure to do so could leave you open to a common lawsuit.

The Resuscitation Council (UK) reports that some American airlines have already been successfully sued for not carrying the equipment.

High-risk sites such as airports, rail stations, gyms, leisure centres and so on should certainly have AEDs available along with the personnel properly trained to use them.

But even if you think it unlikely that anyone will have a cardiac arrest on your premises, why take the risk?

Our industry-leading AEDs will ensure you are fully covered should the worst happen.

They’re quick, easy and safe to use even by non-trained people. They detect the electrical activity in the heart and give automated step-by-step instructions to the rescuer.

In a situation where prompt action is essential, they could just make the difference between life and death for anyone suffering a heart attack on your premises.

For every minute that passes, the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest reduce by 14 per cent. Research shows that applying a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible outcome.

This is one reason why we’re providing more defibrillators to organisations in the North of Scotland than to virtually any other part of the UK. Average response times for the emergency services in Scotland’s rural areas, and even in parts of Aberdeen, are often around eight minutes.

Our North of Scotland account manager Scott Andrews, commented: “It’s very gratifying that so many companies and public bodies north of the border are showing commendable responsibility to the health and welfare of people working on or visiting their premises.

“Hopefully they’ll never have to use one of the defibrillators they have bought from us, but it’s good to know that one is available should it be required.”

How quickly do you think a paramedic could get to your premises? If it’s more than five minutes, an AED should certainly be made available.

It’s a small price to pay for saving a life.

Find out more about our AEDs by visiting the MediRite website at www.medirite.co.uk, call us on 0845 199 9991 or email [email protected]