The central aim of Driver First Assist is to save lives.

Alongside providing our driver training course and working with our community of on-road first responders, we harness our knowledge, expertise and experience to help shape a safer and kinder society. We share our research to effect change to save lives.

Through our experience working with the emergency services and academic leaders in clinical traumatology and emergency medicine, we are fully aware of the real risks to life, particularly when driving on the road.

For drivers, we see the UK’s road network as a place of work. When people drive on behalf of an employer, such as driving a commercial lorry, bus, van or car, the road becomes a place of social responsibility.

By changing how we think about first aid at our place of work, we can save many more lives.

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First aid training for business drivers

Businesses can change their approach to how they train first aid for workers who drive. This is an opportunity for the UK’s business community to take an assumed collective responsibility for training drivers to provide an effective bystander response in a Road Traffic Collision.

 

Improving First-Aid Provision for Business Drivers

This White Paper explores the rationale and the data that supports this view.


AEDs available in the workplace

Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) can happen anywhere, at any time. Businesses have an opportunity to saves lives by including Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in every first aid kit. AED training is already recommended by the Health Safety Executive where a needs assessment identifies a need. We now need to go further and ensure every person that experiences an OHCA is within 100 to 150m of an AED so bystanders can save their life.

 

AEDs in every workplace

This White Paper provides the evidence and the data to support the proposal that every workplace should include an AED in its first aid kit. With the cost of AED’s now significantly reduced, cost is no longer a barrier.

A Heart Restarting Revolution

Our ‘Every Minute Counts’ video raises awareness of our campaign to make our workplaces safer by making AED’s available 24/7. Dr Gareth Clegg, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and Colin Robertson, Professor of emergency Medicine and Surgery at the University of Edinburgh, pledge their support for 24/7 availability of AEDs.

Every minute counts in treating someone suffering from cardiac arrest. CPR combined with a defibrillator, also known as an AED, has the potential to save up to 70% of arrest victims' lives.

Driver First Assist is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, and through the delivery of our award-winning driver training to save the lives of road crash victims, we’ve identified an opportunity to extend our work to save the lives of the victims of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA).

Working with a well-established medical equipment manufacturer, we have developed a defibrillator which is 80% CHEAPER than current products. Instead of an average cost of £1000, we will provide defibrillators for only £220.

We’re calling it a ‘Heart Restarting Revolution’ and we’d like you to play a part in it.

Every year in the UK, around 60,000 people experience an OHCA and sadly our national average survival rate is extremely low at about 7%.

Treatment with a defibrillator within 3-5 minutes of collapse can save 50-70% of lives but to achieve this we must make defibrillators much more widely available to the public. But our research shows that unfortunately price is a barrier; well, not anymore.

Improving our OHCA survival rates to that of Sweden alone could save an additional 5,750 lives every year.

We are producing a production-ready, internationally type-approved AED. And like all other AEDs, it carries the CE Mark and fully complies with EN 60601 Regulations; so, low-cost does not mean low-quality.

Our ‘Heart Restarting Revolution’ has been described by medical experts as potentially:

“...THE BIGGEST GAME-CHANGER IN COMMUNITY RESUSCITATION IN DECADES.”

Please contact us to find out more.