Candle-maker's lifesaving decision
A NORTH Cornwall candle-maker has installed a lifesaving device outside his premises after being inspired while on a recent business trip to Japan.
St Eval Candle Company has paid for a state-of-the-art public access defibrillator, a move supported by television presenter Fern Britton.
The emergency device, which can be operated by a member of the public without training, has the potential to save the life of someone who has suffered cardiac arrest.
Ian Greaves, managing director of the company, had the idea while travelling in Japan. He had been sourcing the elements for a new product range when he began noticing "emergency boxes" outside offices and shops.
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When he asked about them it was explained that they were automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Research in Japan showed fewer than 5 per cent of people survive a heart attack with cardiopulmonry resuscitation (CPR) alone. However, odds improve to 50 per cent with the quick use of an AED.
These statistic prompted the devices to be installed.
Mr Greaves said: "I was intrigued but when I read the statistics I was shocked at the difference a defibrillator can make – literally the difference between life and death. Having decided the candle company should have one to safeguard its staff, I went on to think we could make this available to the wider Cornwall community."
Mr Greaves contacted an organisation called AED Locator which is co-ordinating the installation of these lifesaving machines across the UK and paid to have an AED located outside their farm offices at St Eval.
It is now installed in a secure outdoor weatherproof cabinet so it's available 24-7 and accessible for anyone to use as directed via a 999 emergency call.
"We truly hope it is never needed but we felt strongly that it should be publicly available," said Mr Greaves.
"We also hope that others in Cornwall will continue to build the network of lifesaving AEDs. It would be great if everyone was just a few minutes from a lifesaving defibrillator."
Fern Britton, who supports the campaign, visited St Eval Candle Company to celebrate the installation.