Coleraine town centre has a growing network of life saving defibrillator equipment, thanks to a new addition provided by Irwin Donaghey Stockman Accountants on Queen Street.
Statistics from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service showed in 2019, if you suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital only 1 in 10 people survive in Northern Ireland. Every second counts in an emergency, the sooner CPR is started and a defibrillator is used the greater the chance of survival.
Irwin Donaghey Stockman, one of the largest accountancy practices in the borough felt it was their corporate social responsibility to help protect their clients, staff, and also the general public within the Coleraine area.
The new addition located on Queen Street positioned outside the financial firms office will be publically accessible 24 hours per day, 7 days per week – only the second defibrillator in the town accessible outside of business hours. The other is located on New Row.
Roger Dallas, Irwin Donaghey Stockman Partner commented; “The investment was inspired following updating our first aid training in January, and it really put into perspective how vital this equipment can be in an emergency cardiac arrest situation. We are proud to be able to help potentially increase the chances of saving a life.
“Most importantly the firm have registered this life saving device with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, which means in the case of an emergency the NIAS operator can quickly direct those on the scene to its location and provide a code to access the storage cabinet.”
When should you use a heart defibrillator?
It is extremely important for the public to know that a defibrillator should only be used in a cardiac arrest situation when the heart has stopped pumping the blood around the body. It is vital that CPR is carried out until the defibrillator is brought to the casualty. Once the pads of the device are applied to the chest of the casualty the defibrillator will audibly instruct the bystander what to do and if a shock is advised a shot of electricity is given which effectively stops the heart and restarts it again. Any member of the public can help save a life by starting CPR and using a defibrillator if there is one available.