Nicholsons Chartered Accountants has installed a new externally mounted defibrillator at its office in Lincoln which can be used in an emergency to save someone’s life if they experience sudden cardiac arrest.
The automated external defibrillators (AEDs) is in a publicly accessible place, available 24-hours a day and carry’s clear step-by-step instructions for people to use.
Gail Green, Director at Nicholsons Chartered Accountants, said: “Many of our staff know people who have been affected by heart attacks and heart disease. We wanted to get the defibrillator installed so that if someone has a sudden cardiac arrest in the vicinity, it is available as for every minute that a person in cardiac arrest doesn’t receive CPR and defibrillation, their chance of survival drops by up to 10 per cent – so acting in an emergency is crucial. The work the British Heart Foundation do is invaluable, and we’ve supported them for a number of years as a charity partner.
We’ve worked in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation to get the defibrillator, and we’re delighted to be able to supply this much needed resource to the local community.”
Melanie Meik, Fundraising Manager (Lincolnshire and Rutland) at the British Heart Foundation, added: “It is great to see Nicholsons Chartered Accountants actively supporting the heart health of their own team members and surrounding community by installing a defibrillator and registering it on The Circuit. Currently only 1 in 16 people in the East Midlands survives an out of hospital cardiac arrest, and defibrillators are currently being used in less than 1 in 20 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. having an accessible and registered defibrillator could make all the difference to someone in need.”
The unit will be added to the national defibrillator network known as ‘The Circuit’, run by the British Heart Foundation in partnership with the NHS, Ambulance Service, Resuscitation Council UK and St Johns Ambulance. The Circuit provides a national overview of where defibrillators can be found, their location and status is instantly synchronised with the emergency services’ systems ensuring that their information is always up to date.
Contributing to this national resource provides the NHS ambulance services with vital information about defibrillators across the UK so that in those crucial moments after a cardiac arrest, they can be accessed quickly to help save lives.
About Nicholsons Chartered Accountants
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About The British Heart Foundation
The BHF fund around £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. Heart diseases. Stroke. Vascular dementia. Diabetes. They’re all connected, and they’re all under our microscope.