A Liverpool based company has made a life-saving investment in a defibrillator to ensure that it is prepared in the event that a member of staff has a heart attack.
Managers at Palace Chemicals Ltd, bought the defibrillator for the head office in Speke, Liverpool where its 80 staff are based, on the basis that it could potentially save lives.
As one of the few companies in the area to have the life-saving equipment, managing director at Palace Chemicals, Charlie Clapham, said: “We felt that it was vitally important to get a defibrillator on site at our offices in Speke.
“A number of our staff have friends and family members who have suffered a cardiac arrest, so this issue is close to our hearts.
“Staff have been trained on how to use the equipment and where to find it should they need it. It also gives people peace of mind that is it there if they need it.”
Simon Clough, sales director at the company said “Palace Chemicals takes the well-being of its employees very seriously.”
The company is also investing heavily in a well-being initiative and will be continuing this in 2018 by sending extra members of staff on first aid courses which will include the use of the defibrillator.
In the UK, sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death, with around 30,000 people suffering a sudden cardiac arrest each year outside of hospital.
The very best chance of survival for a person suffering a cardiac arrest is immediate access to a defibrillator, and studies have shown that the use of a defibrillator can increase survival rates by as much as 75 per cent.
Palace Chemicals is now encouraging other businesses to do the same and purchase these lifesaving pieces of equipment to protect their workers.
For more information, please visit www.palacechemicals.co.uk