Oberoi Business Hub in Pride Park has funded and installed a public access defibrillator which is available for its own business tenants, surrounding businesses and the emergency services to administer potentially life-saving treatment.
The equipment has been installed in an easily-accessible place outside the main business hub building in St Christopher’s Way and registered with East Midlands Ambulance Service.
Anyone alerting the emergency services to a suspected cardiac arrest will be provided with an access code for the defibrillator if appropriate.
In addition, all Oberoi Business Hub team members have also been trained on how to use the defibrillator and basic first aid to ensure they have the knowledge required to assist in an emergency situation.
Oberoi Business Hub founder and managing director Kavita Oberoi OBE, whose own father died of a heart attack when she was aged 15, explained: “Approximately 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur every year in the UK and cardiac arrests can happen to anyone at any age.
“For every minute that goes by where a victim of sudden cardiac arrest does not receive treatment, their chance of survival decreases by 10%.
“Defibrillators which enable a person to follow safe and simple instructions can therefore literally mean the difference between life and death.”
Oberoi Business Hub manager Jodie Brady added: “The safety and wellbeing of everyone who works and visits businesses at the Hub is of utmost importance to us.
“We also wanted to ensure that our neighbours in this part of Pride Park and the emergency services had equal access to this simple to use and highly effective equipment.”