Over 1,000 staff have received vital training to provide immediate treatment in the event of a life threatening emergency. Our Group Lifeguard Manager, Jo Talbot, tells us more…
This year over 1,000 DC Leisure staff have received vital training to provide effective treatment in the event of a cardiac arrest. Provided by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), our staff have successfully completed Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) training. All 68 leisure centres have also been installed with defibrillators, a decision made in March 2013 by DC Leisure’s Group Operating Board.
It was only last month that our Duty Manager from Sheringham Splash, Jon Fowler, was presented with a national Lifesaver Defibrillator Award. The Award, presented by SADS UK who research Sudden Arrthythmic Death Syndrome, was in recognition of Jon’s actions that, earlier this year, saved the life of a member of the public on the adjacent football pitch. Before the East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopter arrived Jon and his team were able to use their defibrillator to shock the man and give him the best possible chance of survival.
For every minute that passes without defibrillation the chances of survival decrease by 10%. Research shows that giving a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chance of survival. It is a fact that in the UK if you suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital you only stand a 5% chance of survival. Publicly available AED such as those in airports, underground stations and railway stations have shown survival results of around 30%.
At DC Leisure, preliminary results from around 20 incidents have shown 83% survival rate.
We commend the team on their hard work and commitment to the wellbeing and safety of our members and the local community. We are safe in the knowledge that our customers have the benefit of trained staff and specialist equipment should it be needed.