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Department of Transport staff trained in use of defibrillator 2 November 2007

Staff from the Department of Transport have been receiving some important training recently which could help them to save a life.

Volunteers were asked to take part in training in the use of an automated external defibrillator and subsequenlty 24 members of staff from the Department’s Sea Terminal headquarters took part. The defibrillator was donated to the Department by the Manx Heart Support Group and is known as a Forerunner 2 AED (automated External defibrillator). Being automated means that the machine gives voice and text prompts to the operator to tell them what to do during defibrillation.

Win Kewley, Resuscitation Officer at Noble’s Hospital said:

‘In a cardiac arrest if the heart is in a rhythm that requires defibrillation, with every minute that passes survival is reduced by 10%. This means that early life support and defibrillation is vital in helping to improve survival rates.’

The training consisted of a three hour session in which the theory and practice of defibrillation was covered. A demonstration of procedure is given along with information on the function of the defibrillator and advice on problem solving. Participants then take part in a practice session where they were given the chance to practice their basic life support and defibrillation on the resuscitation mannequin. Following the practice session an assessment takes place to ensure that they can perform basic life support and safely operate the defibrillator, participants are then issued with a certificate of attendance and they will have a reassessment of their skills in six months time.

Minister for Transport David Anderson MHK, said:

‘Large numbers of the general public use the Sea Terminal building every day and the provision of the defibrillator means that should there be a cardiac arrest in the vicinity, trained personnel will be available to administer basic life support. It is reported that with the use of a defibrillator and emergency life support the survival rates from cardiac arrests rise from around 15 – 17% to 54%. We are very thankful to the Manx Heart Support Group for the donation of the defibrillator and training and hope that in the future more members of staff from the department can be trained in these vital life saving skills.’

Heartstart is the organisation which teaches the general public basic life support skills. Anybody who is interested in taking part in training or anybody who may be interested in the Manx Heart Support Group can contact Win Kewley, Resuscitation Officer on 499174.

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