When a casualty is in cardiac arrest every second counts, so quick and easy access to an Automatic External Defibrillator is potentially life-saving. Recognising this, Shift Team Leaders Steve Doyle and Dale Tunstall of the Liverpool Containers Division took it upon themselves to find a way of ensuring that this vital equipment is always to hand, no matter where you are on the Container Terminal.
A cardiac arrest occurs when a person’s heart suddenly stops pumping blood around their body, which can starve the brain of oxygen and lead to a person falling unconscious and stopping breathing. A heart attack is the most common cause of cardiac arrest
There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests every year in the UK, but fewer than one in ten people survive and every minute without CPR or a defibrillation reduces a person’s chance of surviving by around 10%.
The Liverpool Container Terminals cover a vast land footprint so Steve and Dale knew multiple AEDs would be needed but deciding where exactly to locate them proved to be more of a challenge.
By pacing out the various distances between different locations on the Terminals, and taking into account the speed restrictions on site, Stephen and Dale were able to work out the optimal locations for the AEDs and importantly how long it would take to access the lifesaving equipment. They then sourced the AEDs, sited trauma packs and created detailed maps of their locations and communicated to their colleagues so they would know exactly where to go in case of emergency.
Tony Allen, Health & Safety Manager, Containers Division said; “AEDs are safe and easy to use with no training required, because they analyse the patient’s exact condition and give clear verbal instructions to the operator. The hardest part is usually finding a nearby defibrillator in the first place. Of course, we hope we never need to use them, but if we do then the work that Steve and Dale have done could be lifesaving.”
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