School defibrillator plan could save lives

Worcester News: School defibrillator plan could save lives School defibrillator plan could save lives

"A DIFFERENCE between life and death" is how West Midlands Ambulance Service's bosses have described the decision to help every school in the region get a defibrillator.

The Department for Education has announced plans to allow schools to purchase defibrillators at a reduced cost in time for the start of the autumn term.

Emma Wilkins, head of community response, said: “For every parent in the region, there is nothing more important than keeping their children safe at school.

“There is no formal data on the number of deaths of pupils under the age of 18 in schools but the Department of Health estimates around 88 children per year die of sudden cardiac arrest.

“Thankfully it doesn’t happen very often, but it can literally happen to anyone whether they have been diagnosed with a cardiac condition or not.

“We know from the work that we do every day just how important such machines can be in saving lives. It would be great if every school in the region had a look at the scheme.

“Having a defibrillator in every school could make the difference between life or death for one of their pupils.”

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9:52pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Grumbleweed Connection says...

A great idea, and remember schools also have teachers and adult support staff as well as pupils. Defibrillators and people trained to use them should be far more common in all working environments.
A great idea, and remember schools also have teachers and adult support staff as well as pupils. Defibrillators and people trained to use them should be far more common in all working environments. Grumbleweed Connection
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10:50am Tue 17 Jun 14

Rita Jelfs says...

Probably more priority that defibrillators are provided in all large shopping centres where there are often older age groups, but if schools can ensure regular training, defibrillators are an excellent purchase.
Probably more priority that defibrillators are provided in all large shopping centres where there are often older age groups, but if schools can ensure regular training, defibrillators are an excellent purchase. Rita Jelfs
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