Monday, March 28, 2016

AEDs

If someone should collapse in your presence there is a reasonable chance they have had a cardiac arrest.

If they have any chance of recovery a fast intervention is needed.

To bring that intervention to bear is easy and within the abilities of every able bodied person.

Many public places where people gather will have visible or nearby a defibrillator that is idiot proof and if employed with reasonable alacrity will have a chance to recover the victim.

Unfortunately at a Bunnings store in Dunedin such a facility has fallen foul of ultra idiots and there is no longer the defibrillator that the staff purchased as management have ordered its removal, suggesting it be given to a community group.
Oh they offered to compensate the staff fund that funded the purchase, haha.
A spokeswoman  for Bunnings, a Ms Valerie Stanley said the Company had nothing to say.
Aint that stating the bleeding obvious.

There are many people who have an understanding of how to apply the equipment but even those untrained, with an ability to understand English will be prompted through the procedure without any knowledge of CPR as that procedure is only of value to maintain oxygenated blood flow to the brain and other organs until the Automated External Defibrillator, AED,  can be applied.
From the attachment of the two leads and letting the machine do its best that is it.
Of course a call to 111 is essential to facilitate the ongoing treatment and transport that will follow should the outcome be successful.

I understand that as an Australian Company, Bunnings may well be somewhat intellectually challenged but the mind boggling ignorance involved in the removal of a "defib" that cost the company nothing, from their premises is even in an Australian business environment, difficult to comprehend.

It would be an ideal opportunity for Karma to pay a visit and one of the morons at the top table be the victim dying on the floor of their shop being denied the one possible bit of help that might just save their idiot life.

6 comments:

gravedodger said...

Apologies to commenters Vet, Eggbut and any others I has issues with the stolen logo for AED availability, it carried forward to my post on the cricket and in my amateur efforts to dislodge it I wiped the entire post and comments.

gravedodger said...

By way of explanation I note wif my fat fingers my apology needs editing but whatever.
Smart phones need to be a little smarter for dumbarses such as I.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I think you're wrong on this one.

Staff don't run businesses. Managers do and they are quite right to recognise that the presence of this machine places liability upon the company in the event of a serious mishap occuring through its use.

Hell, if this machine were so important, Andrew Little would install one in every home.

Noel said...

Last company I worked for was taken over by an Australian corporate.
Instantly the Health and Safety focus shifted from corporate responsibility to loading as much as possible on the individual.
In the Bunnings case they conducted a risk analysis and concluded there was no need for a defibrillator for employees.
Clouding this of course was a universal perception amongst corporates across the ditch that there could be some liability issues.
Non existent of course in New Zealand.
The irony is that under Australian Law they have to provide a trained first aider and in Australia AEDs are a part of that training.

Australians ... no surprises there!

Anonymous said...

"Managers do and they are quite right to recognise that the presence of this machine places liability upon the company in the event of a serious mishap occuring through its use."


No sweat Adolf, when one of yours has an heart attack in the mall be sure to wave away the first aider rushing to the scene with the defibrillator.

Gerald said...

"risk analysis and concluded there was no need for a defibrillator for employees."

Presumably the previous fatality amongst say 30 employees wasn't a factor in the analysis?