HDP Campaigning to get defibrillators into schools

Great to see The One Show publishing the issues of sudden cardiac arrest in children and campaigning to get defibrillators into schools

With upcoming changes in legislation now requiring defibrillators to be placed in schools, it is important to get the right defibrillator/AED unit and electrodes suitable for children and adults alike. Although AED’s are designed to be used by lay people, it is vital that staff and pupils alike are confident to use this, therefore our package includes a training session which we can be deliver on site. We can also provide additional training for pupils and staff as the more people who know how to do good quality CPR and use a defibrillator/AED the more life’s that will be saved.

The Physio-Control Lifepak CR Plus semi-Automatic defibrillator school pack is supplied as standard with both adult and child (paediatric) electrode pads (for children below 8 years old) and a responder kit to aid the person helping the victim to easily apply the pads. With training from our professional medical team, your staff will be confident to use this in the emergency situation.

With such a large variation in the types of visitors to schools it is important to have a defibrillator that can be trusted and used by children and adults alike in an emergency.

The Lifepak Semi-Automatic unit is ideal for schools and takes all decision making away from the user and analyses the patient itself and makes the decision on whether a shock is required.

Each year 100,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest in the UK, causing more deaths than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDs combined.

Its is estimate that 80 young people a year die due to Sudden Cardia CPR and early defibrillation with an AED (automated external defibrillator) can increase sudden cardiac arrest survival from 5% to over 50%.

There are many stories of how an AED has saved life’s, but there are still far too many were people die because there was no AED available, how much is someone’s life worth?

No AED = 5% chance of survival / AED within first 5 minutes = 75% chance of survival

Unfortunately a host of undetected cardiac problems exist within any sizeable school population and some school activities (especially sports) may exacerbate these difficulties.

  • As many as 1 in 500 children may suffer from cardiac myopathies in which the heart muscle is unusually thick. This often undetected condition can lead to SCA and can be precipitated by exercise.
  • Commotio Cordis is a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating effectively following a relatively low velocity impact with a blunt object to the chest. The impact can be in the form of a rugby ball, football, hockey ball, knee or shoulder. In the USA it has been documented as being the second most common cause of SCA in school age athletes.

Please contact us for a quote for your school – Our packages start from just £990 for basic defib up to £1200 plus vat for school special

Call 01530 839115

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