A COVENTRY hotel has installed a defibrillator to give its guests the best chance of survival.
Macdonald Antsy Hall Hotel has trained its staff in first aid and installed a defibrillator at its front desk to help combat one of the UK’s leading causes of death – cardiac arrest.
A total of five staff members at the hotel have been trained by Green Cross Training to use the defibrillators.
The easy to use machines automatically identify if an electrical shock is needed to restart a person’s heart and cannot be used on someone who does not need one.
The installation comes as part of the hotel’s parent company, Macdonald Hotels Ltd, plan to install defibrillators in all of its 45 hotels across the country.
Macdonald Ansty Hall Hotel general manager Ben Sanders said the installation and training of staff could be the ‘difference between life and death’ for a guest of the hotel.
He added: “We welcome hundreds of guests every month to Macdonald Ansty Hall Hotel and we felt it was our duty to provide this life saving equipment.
“It can take several minutes for an ambulance to reach the hotel and this £47,000 group-wide investment in lifesaving defibrillators could reduce the amount of time someone who has had a cardiac arrest has to wait for defibrillation.”
Around 60,000 people die every year in the UK from cardiac arrest – where the heart suddenly stops working.
But, according to the British Heart Foundation, those who suffer a cardiac arrest are 38 per cent more likely to survive if they receive CPR and defibrillation.