Greater Manchester Bingo Halls Learn to Save Lives

  • 19 Sep 12
  • Written by Deena Chance

altTwo bingo halls in the Greater Manchester area have been
kitted out, under doctor’s orders (number 9), with two life-saving
defibrillator machines which could make all the difference between staying
alive (number 85) and ending up at the gateway to heaven (number 27.)

Members of Cosmo in Eccles and Stalybridge can now play safe
in the knowledge that if they get too excited about winning a full house, club
staff can help keep them stable until the paramedics arrive. Heart machines
(medically referred to as defibrillators) have been installed in both bingo halls,
and employees have been fully-trained in how to operate them by the North West
Ambulance Service. They’ve also been briefed on how to perform CPR, and how to
recognise the warning signs of an impending heart-attack.

These clever machines use special pads, which are attached
to the patient’s chest, to monitor heart activity, and apply an electric shock
if an abnormal or non-existing heart rate is found. When used quickly,
defibrillators can increase a patient’s chance of survival from 3% to 50%.

The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) is planning to
extend the rollout to provide this vital equipment in more public places, such
as community and leisure centres. NWAS’ Resuscitation Development Manager,
Steve Nicholls, emphasised the fact that in a cardiac arrest situation, “every
minute really does count.” He also stated that as the Stalybridge branch
attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year, many of whom are in an age group
that is prone to heart problems, it’s “a very good place to have
defibrillator.”

A survey of the club’s players revealed that most members
welcomed the new equipment, saying things like, “it’ll save lives,” and that
“it’s reassuring to have them here. They should have them in more places.”

Sadly, every six minutes, someone in the UK dies from a
heart-attack, and of the 146,000 people who experience them every year, 94,000
of them die. We applaud the introduction of this new scheme, and hope it will
save just one bingo-lover from becoming just another statistic.

Would you like to see more life-saving medical equipment
being installed in your local bingo hall? Have you ever experienced health
issues, or seen another player experiencing difficulties, whilst playing games
and if so, what did the staff do about it? Do you think that all club employees
should hold a minimum of a first-aid certificate to be able to deal with any
medical emergencies which might arise?

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