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28th Jan, 2022

Kimal team's quick thinking saves colleague's life

A WORCESTERSHIRE based Medical Device Manufacturer, Kimal PLC, hosted a celebratory lunch for ten of its Production Team members to thank them for their prompt actions in aiding their colleague when he went into sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Alan Hunt was at the Procedure Pack wrapping station when he suddenly, and without any warning, collapsed to the floor.

Upon noticing that he was no longer breathing, a member of the team began CPR immediately and another called 999, staying on the phone with them until a First Responder arrived.

At the same time, another colleague had grabbed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), six of which are deployed across all Kimal sites, and seeing no signs of life from Alan, attached the defibrillator pads and switched the defibrillator on.

After giving a warning so that everyone should stand clear, the AED delivered a shock and Alan immediately made an audible noise and his eyes began to flicker.

The AED instructed that administration of CPR should continue and following this, Alan was placed in the recovery position.

Soon after, the first Emergency Responder and Ambulance Crew arrived, and Alan was transferred to Worcester Royal Infirmary, stable but in a critical condition.

Alan is now back at work and incredibly thankful for his colleagues’ efforts, he said: “If it weren’t for the team working together and showing such team spirit, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Matthew Press, Kimal’s CEO, said: “I am very proud of how the team as a whole responded.

“If not for their quick thinking and prompt actions, the outcome that day could have been very different.

“The Board and I are committed to the safety and well-being of our staff and believe that investing in the right equipment and training so that staff can respond quickly in situations such as this is essential.”

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