The department for Education, in their recently updated document DfE Automated external Defibrillators – A guide for Schools, are encouraging schools to purchase a defibrillator as part of their first aid equipment.
It says that, in cases of out of hospital cardiac arrest, survival rates range from two per cent to 12 per cent. They are reported to be as high as 75 per cent where cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation are delivered promptly.
They recognise the benefits of having this life-saving equipment on hand in an emergency, for both the pupils and the staff. To support schools they have negotiated an arrangement with NHS Supply Chain for schools to purchase AEDs from them at reduced cost. Replacement consumables will also be available at a reduced cost. It is not compulsory for schools to purchase from this source and are free to purchase from any stockist, however the discounted price makes it much more affordable, particularly for larger schools or schools spread over multiple sites that may require more than one unit.
The DfE recognise that the use of an AED is only part of the chain of survival and that good quality CPR also plays a part, and recommend training in CPR and AED use that goes through the school, including all staff and also pupils. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop people’s confidence and ability in delivering emergency first aid to others, which is a skill that can be utilised not just within the school environment but also in their communities too.
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