Defibrillator campaign boost

A Rotherham high school is backing calls for all schools to fit an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Oakwood High School in Rotherham has given its backing to Martek Medical, which is calling for all schools to fit an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), in order to save more young people’s lives who may suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

Oakwood had a Lifeline AED from Martek Medical presented to them by World Cup referee Howard Webb last year. The AED is located in the school’s reception, so it is easily visible and can be accessed quickly, not only by the school but also by members of the public requiring its use in the community.

David Naisbitt, headteacher at Oakwood High School in Moorgate, Rotherham, said: “It’s a great comfort to know we have an AED within our school’s premises and we are aware that it may help save lives within the local community too.  Fortunately, there hasn’t been a case of sudden cardiac arrest on our premises since having the AED fitted, but it gives us the added reassurance and peace of mind that should an incidence of sudden cardiac arrest arise, we are equipped to deal with it.”

Like many schools, Oakwood High school, which has almost 1,300 adults and children on site on a daily basis, no longer has trained nursing staff permanently based there. Therefore having life saving equipment like a Lifeline AED is hugely important.

Ian Couldwell, product manager for Martek Medical, said: ‘Schools and colleges are really taking their responsibilities seriously and increasing numbers are choosing to fit AEDs to protect their pupils, staff and the public. There are too many cases of young people dying from SCA, when in many cases, with defibrillation within a few minutes their chance of survival could have been increased by 75 per cent.”

The Lifeline AED is ideal for school environments as it is safe to use on young people. It’s been designed to be extremely straightforward to use and the talk-through guide helps people to relax when using it.

An independent study by the University of Illinois concluded that the Lifeline AED has the highest success rate for untrained users being able to deliver a safe and effective defibrillation shock to the patient. Clear and concise voice instructions guide the user through the process of use in an emergency situation, making the whole process straightforward and providing the best chance of saving a life.

Recent government statistics show that as many as 12 young people die each week as a result of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA); 80 per cent of these young SCA victims had shown no prior symptoms. 

AEDs are the only proven treatment to restore a normal heart rhythm and the speed of delivery is vital as the chances of successful defibrillation decline at a rate of around 10% with each minute that passes.

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