A COMPANY has received a defibrillator on its premises and will be trained on how to use it by national cardiac charity SADS UK.

Rushserve Limited in Widnes was keen to place a defibrillator on their premises as they understand how important it is to provide early defibrillation when a person suffers a cardiac arrest.

A defibrillator works to restore the heart rhythm if a person goes into cardiac arrest and the earlier a defibrillator is used the better the chance is of survival. The defibrillator placed at the site is easy to use by the layperson, providing voice prompts to the rescuer.

Anne Jolly, founder of SADS UK, said: "SADS UK is pleased that Rushserve Limited will benefit from having a defibrillator to restart the heart if there is a cardiac arrest on the premises. "Using CPR alone provides a 5 per cent chance of survival but early use of the defibrillator as well increases the chance of survival to over 50 per cent.

"This is why SADS UK is so passionate about putting this lifesaving equipment in the community."

The SADS UK Big Shock Campaign wants to make defibrillators available in all schools and widely in the community.

Copies of warning signs leaflets have been provided to Rushserve Limited to assist people who may have an underlying cardiac condition to be identified and treated.

If you would like further information about funding research into SADS or placing a defibrillator in your community contact Anne Jolly, SADS UK on 01277 811215, email info@sadsuk.org.