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CARDIACAID TO DELIVER LIFE-SAVING SHOCK Workplaces in the UK are poorly equipped to deal with sudden cardiac arrest victims, CardiacAid, a company founded recently to provide reliable and cost effective Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), has warned. Although there are 1,650 deaths each year in the workplace from a sudden cardiac arrest, unlike some European countries, there is no legal requirement in the UK to have defibrillators in a workplace or public areas.

Of the 130,000 heart attacks in the UK each year, over 5,000 of them occur in the workplace. In contrast, while less than 50 people die a year from fire-related incidents at work in the UK, fire extinguishers are a legal requirement; but defibrillators are not, even though typically one in three victims will die from their heart attack before reaching hospital.

Commenting on the company’s motivation,

CardiacAid’s Nigel Reading said: “Given that victims can easily die within two to three minutes of an attack, and the current target response time for an NHS ambulance is eight minutes, organisations and public places have a social responsibility to ensure that victims receive help almost immediately after suffering an attack. The technology exists to save their lives, and through attractive pricing and flexible leasing terms, CardiacAid will

DRIVER DISTRACTION TARGETED Romex World has developed a new Driver Distraction Prevention (DDP) application which can be installed on to employees’

mobile phones. This DDP application will cut-off and block all voice calls and lock the keypad to prevent any texting (or emailing)

strive to ensure that these AEDs become as common in the workplace as a first- aid kit is today.”

CardiacAid is initially offering the Philips HeartStart HS1, and the HeartStart FRx AEDs to help improve survival outcomes wherever and whenever sudden cardiac arrest occurs.

less than one minute after the start of a business journey. Employees will receive an announcement via their phone if there is a

The new device, which is manufactured in the UK, could save hundreds of lives a year and the NHS millions of pounds.


FOR ELDERLY Tunstall, the leading telehealthcare provider, has launched a personalised

fall detection alarm that automatically calls for help in the event of a fall.

The automatic pendant offers an unprecedented detection algorithm that reacts to changes in barometric pressure, acceleration and static orientation and determines whether a fall has taken place. The alarm wirelessly connects with a base station in the home of the person using the system. Once the fall is detected, the base station automatically dials the response centre and an operator uses the powerful loudspeaker in the home unit to talk to the person and arrange appropriate help, or call the emergency services if unable to raise a response.

To date, manual alarms have depended on the person


missed message requiring them to stop in a safe place and take the message.

to press the button, but research from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has shown that many elderly and frail people with alarms thought they had pressed the button when they had not, could not reach their alarm or see any advantage in having a pendant.

The new, small, waterproof, lightweight pendant is also the only device automatically to notify the telecare response centre if it has not registered movement for a period of time, suggesting that the person has not worn it. The ™iVi pendant can be ordered through a Local Authority, or direct from Tunstall, as part of a monitoring service.

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