Reliance Medical Ltd has been awarded a valuable NHS framework contract for its ‘Mediana’ Automated External Defibrillator. The contract is worth £30m over the next four years, of which Reliance Medical will now have a share.
The ‘Mediana’ AED is manufactured in South Korea, well known for its electronics excellence, and Reliance Medical is the exclusive UK importer/distributor. Whilst the device has been very successfully introduced into the private sector over the past year, it has failed so far to secure a listing with the NHS.
Cardiovascular disease is a generic term which includes several conditions, including heart disease, stroke, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and atrial fibrillation (AF). Over a million people have been diagnosed with AF in the UK and it is believed many thousands more have an undiagnosed condition.
AF contributes to the 160,000 deaths from Cardiovascular Disease that occurs each year, according to latest statistics. On average in the UK, every three minutes someone experiences a heart attack.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest differs from a heart attack, although it may result from one. In arrest the heart stops beating and the patient will not be breathing. AED’s in public places have resulted in the saving of hundreds of lives by providing untrained people a means of delivering a safe electrical shock to trigger the heart back into rhythm pending arrival of Emergency Services.
One startling statistic shows that following arrest, for every 60 seconds that the victim remains untreated, their chance of survival falls by a staggering 10 per cent!
In summer 2014 Lord Nash announced a new government initiative to allow schools to use the NHS Supply Chain contract for life-saving AEDs. During a visit to Reliance Medical by Fiona Bruce MP later last year, MD Andy Pear expressed his frustration at being unable to access the information on how to engage with this government initiative. Mr Pear had previously contacted the Department of Education and the Department of Health, but due to the emergent nature of the initiative, little detail was available.
Mrs Bruce worked hard to find the information, and as a direct result Reliance Medical was able to tender for the business. The framework agreement is now passing through a further stage where Reliance hopes to secure an initial order for 1000 units for schools throughout the UK.
Andy Pear said;
“This contract promises to bring significant business to Congleton, creating and securing jobs for the local community. Without the assistance of Fiona Bruce, this valuable opportunity would have been missed”