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It's a lifesaver for automotive group.

VOLVO Truck and Bus at Warwick is thought to be the automotive group's first site in the world to have a defibrillator defibrillator, device that delivers an electrical shock to the heart in order to stop certain forms of rapid heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias). The shock changes a fibrillation to an organized rhythm or changes a very rapid and ineffective cardiac rhythm to a  - the medical device used to revive heart attack victims - on site.

Health and safety manager Rob Cooknell first came across the machines at Birmingham airport, where he saw them being checked by staff.

Although easy to use, six Volvo Truck and Bus staff are being trained in its operation by St John Ambulance experts.

Ann Sawyer, the voluntary group's training manager in Warwickshire, says: "Thousands of people die from cardiac arrests in the UK each year and the majority might be saved if only their heart could be defibrillated within five minutes."

A defibrillator with a trained operator at the site of a sudden cardiac arrest cardiac arrest
n.
Abbr. CA A sudden cessation of cardiac function, resulting in loss of effective circulation.


Cardiac arrest
A condition in which the heart stops functioning.
 can raise the chance of survival from five per cent to 80 per cent.

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REVIVAL: From left, volunteers Rachel Smith and Gareth Roberts of Volvo Financial Services Volvo Financial Services develops and coordinates Volvo's operations within customer financing, insurance, treasury, real estate and related services. It's focused exclusively on providing financial services to the Group's internal and external customers. , Emma Woodward of Volvo Truck and Bus (South), security guard David Haynes, Volvo Truck and Bus Ltd health and safety manager Rob Cooknell and Glenn Gibson of Volvo Truck and Bus training department
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 22, 2003
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