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Bingo Halls Protecting Your Heart

Bingo Halls Protecting Your Heart

Written by: ava carson on 05/09/2012 15:40

Who ever said bingo was b-o-r-i-n-g better think again because the excitement of winning can put a strain on the ticker! A bingo a day will surely keep the doctor away at bingo halls in Eccles and Stalybridge with the new lifesaving heart defibrillators.

The clubs have been equipped with the new heart machine devices that will help revive players who faint from the excitement of calling a Full House.

Workers at the Cosmo Bingo halls have been trained to operate the machines by the North West Ambulance Service. The staff will now be able to recognize the signs of a heart attack and spring into action administering CPR and using the machines until paramedics arrive on the scene.

The lifesaving machine will increase the survival rate of a person from 3 to 50% after a cardiac arrest. The defibrillator monitors heart activity from pads that are fitted and give shock if the heart is not being normally.

Steve Nicholls, resuscitation development manager for the service, said: "With a cardiac arrest, every minute really does count so it’s great the company are being so proactive. Around 200,000 people visit the Stalybridge bingo hall every year and as the customers tend to be a bit older it is a very good place to have a defibrillator."

Keith Lee, general manager at the Stalybridge bingo hall, said: "We got the defibrillators fitted after hearing about the scheme to install them in public places and thought it would be good to have them here because a lot of our customers are a bit older."

Bingo players in Eccles are all too happy to have the machines available.

Vicky Eardley, 28, from Salford, said: "It’s a good idea – you’ve got the right type of people here. I’ve never seen a heart attack in a bingo hall but I suppose you might have one with all the excitement."
 

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