26 Feb 2015 - NWAS Helps QHotels Becomes 'One of the First' Hotel Chains to Become HeartSafe

A hotel chain has invested in life-saving equipment to be placed in hotels across both the region and nationally with support from the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS).

Five Automated External Defibrillators (AED) have been placed by NWAS in QHotels, a collection of 27 unique and four-star hotels. The devices have been placed in four of QHotels’ North West sites, to help provide vital support to guests and public in the surrounding area, should they need emergency care.

In cases of cardiac arrest, AEDs give an electric shock through the chest wall and helps to restore a normal heartbeat. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation within the first few minutes improves the patient’s chance of survival and recovery.

Community Resuscitation Manger, David McNally, for NWAS said: “We are increasingly seeing more people saved by these machines and it’s reassuring that it’s not only defibrillators that NWAS are placing, but also  other units placed by companies themselves. It is part of our initiative to place defibrillators in areas where there is a higher risk of cardiac arrest and to help people recognise the warning signs and act accordingly.”

Stuart Sumner, Group Safety Manager for QHotels said: “The safety of our guests is of utmost importance to us, and anything we can do to help save lives is the number one priority. We’re incredibly grateful that NWAS have placed this life-saving equipment with us and, to show our commitment to the well-being of our guests, we’re purchasing more defibrillators for all of our 27 hotels across the country.”

David, who delivered this project, added: “We are delighted to be able to support this life-saving initiative with QHotels. We provided training/awareness for those AEDs placed in the Q Hotel Group nationwide, but these machines are automated and take you through the steps of how to use it should someone need one. Therefore, anyone can use the device and, ultimately, potentially save someone’s life.  By placing in hotel environment, it allows for a 24/7 access to AEDs in the event of an emergency, therefore, increasing the chances of survival. ”

Statistics show about 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital each year, and with every minute a person does not receive treatment, their chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent.

NWAS launched a campaign last month at the House of Commons calling for it to be compulsory to place AEDs in all public places, and is striving to make it compulsory for school leavers to learn crucial life-saving skills such as CPR.

The Trust also encourages organisations to register their defibrillator with the ambulance service through the Cardiac Smart website http://www.cardiacsmart.nwas.nhs.uk and by clicking on the tab “tell us about your defibrillator”.

For advice and information regarding public defibrillators, contact Community Resuscitation Manager David McNally by email at david.mcnally@nwas.nhs.uk.