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SARH installs life-saving technology
Life-saving medical equipment is just minutes away for anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest whilst visiting a Stafford business estate thanks to the area’s leading provider of affordable homes, Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH).
The housing association has funded and installed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the outside of it headquarters on Stafford Technology Park.
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.
Providing an essential and potentially life-saving, stage in the treatment of anyone suffering a heart attack, defifbrillators are easy to operate with step-by-step instructions for members of the public to use in an emergency.
They’re becoming an increasingly common sight in public places across the country and have already saved many lives.
At a recent launch event, representatives of other businesses on the Technology Park were invited to the SARH offices in Parker Court to join the housing association’s employees for demonstrations on how to use the life-saving technology.
Karen Armitage, SARH Chief Executive explained: “The health and wellbeing of people living and working in the communities we serve is important to us, so hosting a defibrillator for use by anyone who is taken ill near to our offices made perfect sense.”
The demonstrations were carried out by Jamie Richards, Chief Executive of AEDdonate, the charity that supplied and fitted the defibrillator.
Following the launch he said: “It’s great to see Stafford and Rural Homes have an AED installed on their site.
“Not only have they just had an AED, they have made it accessible to the community 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We would urge other businesses in the area to contact us to see how we can help.”
Responsible for around 100,000 deaths in the UK every year, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the country’s biggest killers but quick and easy access to a defibrillator can significantly increase the chances of survival.
Further information about installing an AED can be found at www.aeddonate.org.uk.