Defibrillators in Schools

Defibrillators in Schools

More and more children in schools are being taught the importance of first aid and delivering CPR. With 270 children dying every year from a sudden cardiac arrest in school, it has never been more important to ensure children are taught about cardiac arrests and that defibrillators are administered in every school in the country.

Studies from the Resuscitation Council show that less than one in ten people survive a cardiac arrest outside of hospital but, the chances of survival treble if a victim suffering cardiac arrest is given quick CPR and defibrillation. In schools, where first aid and CPR is taught, there is a higher survival rate yet, this could be further improved with defibrillators being used in all schools.

Defibrillators work by determining if the heart needs a shock, then administers an electric current through the chest wall to disrupt the irregular rhythm, returning it to it’s normal pace.

Having an automatic external defibrillator (AED) in a school means it needs to be durable, reliable and long-lasting but, more importantly easy to use for both adults and children. With verbal instructions for easy guidance, our defibrillators all have a durable outer shell suited for school environments and come with a useful switch meaning the defibrillators can be used safely on a child using the same electrode pads that would be used on an adult.

All with tested, trusted technology, our range of AEDs ensure that emergency care can always be administered to help save lives with a range available offering slightly different qualities. If you are looking for a defibrillator that has a high drop tolerance and an indicator giving notice three months before the pads expire, the i-Pad SP1 semi-automatic AED is a great option. Equally as great, the Primedic Heartsave PAD has a handy child button for easy transition and has a high tolerance against water and dirt.

With initiatives such as Hand on Heart helping put defibrillators in schools across the country and protecting more than 314,300 hearts daily in schools, it is a testament to how important defibrillators are and how the can make the difference between life and death.

19th May 2019 Christopher Maltby CW

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