Please note that the school now has its own Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which is fixed to the wall just inside the entrance used by the community (‘The HUB’). The type fitted is seen quite commonly in public places and is similar in so far as no particular training is required to use it, as the equipment itself guides the user through the operation required. That said, some awareness training has been provided involving our First Aiders, PE team, HUB staff etc, simply to provide these people with a little more confidence if its use is required.
As you may know, less than 5% of people, suffering from a cardiac arrest, survive with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on its own but these odds rise to 50% with the prompt use of an AED and effective CPR. So, the quicker a person helping can deploy a defibrillator, the better.
Note, the defibrillator is available for community use at any time that the school is open. Hopefully it is not needed.