Life-saving help for Boston shoppers

Pescod Square staff trained to deal with heart attacks.''Pictured (from left) Michelle McCoy, David Otter, Carl Miller, Brian Morley, Andy Pottle, David Walden and Marcel Gendrot.
Pescod Square staff trained to deal with heart attacks.''Pictured (from left) Michelle McCoy, David Otter, Carl Miller, Brian Morley, Andy Pottle, David Walden and Marcel Gendrot.

LIFE-saving help is now at hand, at a Boston shopping centre, for victims of heart attacks.

Staff members at Pescod Square have received specialist training in how to use a defribillator, a machine able to give electric shocks to re-start a stopped heart.

For every minute that passes following a cardiac arrest, the chances of survival decrease by 14 per cent.

With the footfall at Pescod Square in the region of 3.5m a year, centre manager Andy Pottle said it ‘just seemed common sense’ to get the staff ready to respond to such an emergency.

“The chances are if someone has a heart attack in Boston it could happen in Pescod Square,” he said.

A member of the East Midlands Ambulance Service trained the workers to use the life-saving piece of kit, which has been made available to the shopping centre through a partnership between the National Health Service and British Heart Foundation.

The machine gives voice prompts to the rescuer, asking them to put pads in position on the victim’s chest.

These pads then detect electrical activity in the heart and are be able to tell if a shock is needed.

It also comes with shaving equipment to prepare the chest for the pads and cutting tools in case clothes need to be removed.

“We have got such a big footfall here, you never know,” said David Walden, 62. “It’s a vital piece of equipment.”

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