A POTENTIALLY life-saving device was used within 48 hours of its installation in Poole.
Property finance firm MSP Capital, through the company’s community committee, have bought and installed a defibrillator on the outside wall of their Castle Street headquarters, Strata House, close to Poole Quay.
And within 48 hours of the installation, the firm received a notification that the box had been accessed by a member of the public who also rang the emergency services.
Georgina Newman, MSP receptionist who led on the installation, said: “It goes to show that this will make a huge impact on our local community and the ambulance service.
“It means a lot to me and the rest of Team MSP that we have been able to provide this vital piece of kit in the local area which is usually very busy.
“It was surprisingly simple to order, install and register the kit. I would encourage as many companies as possible to do this and help give someone in need a better chance of surviving a cardiac arrest.”
The kit is an automated external defibrillator (AED), which works by delivering a high energy, electric shock to the heart through the chest wall and is most effective when administered in the first minutes after a cardiac victim collapses.
MSP Capital have registered the AED with the Circuit, a national defibrillator network, and the ambulance service.
This means that if someone at the location makes an emergency call due to a cardiac issue, they will be given the code to unlock the secure case holding the lifesaving tool and instructions.
The fact that it was used so soon after installation has prompted MSP Capital to organise training in CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, for staff.
Paul Miracca, MSP Capital’s joint managing director, said: “Installing the defibrillator is all about giving reassurance to people in our community.
“At the same time, by offering staff training we can ensure our team feel empowered to help if another emergency should occur.”
The defibrillator is part of MSP Capital’s ongoing ESG strategy, Foundations for Better Futures, which is run by the community committee and encompasses a commitment to support ‘people, community, industry and environment’.
It is one of only a handful of outdoor AEDs in Poole to be registered on the Circuit and available 24 hours a day.