It’s that time of year again! No sooner than summer starts does it feel like we’re back to sharpening our pencils, buying new lunchboxes and ironing out the shirt creases before sending our little ones back for another school year.
But wait...what’s that? Your school doesn’t have a defibrillator?!
Perish the thought; however it isn’t surprising when many schools are still yet to become equipped with the essential precautions to protect their staff and pupils against cardiac arrest with a defibrillator – the only definitive treatment for survival.
Each year over 600 people under the age of 35 die of sudden cardiac arrest, 270 of these will occur in children whilst at school. Many of these deaths could be prevented with access to a defibrillator alongside effective CPR, both of which can be extremely accessible for teachers and pupils at school – should they wish to extend their knowledge and become heart safe.
So in the mean time, what can you do? Well, it’s all about raising awareness and encouraging schools to take action to ensure they’re equipped with the knowledge and an AED in the event of an emergency. Luckily for you, not only has defibshop created an exclusive guide to defibrillators for schools, but we’ve also provided a brief overview covering 3 AEDs sold on our site, which are perfect for a school environment. Let’s take a look:
Currently our homepage feature, the Defibtech Lifeline View defibrillator was found to be the best AED for both trained and untrained users as a public access unit in recent studies.
But what makes this AED so great?
Robust with a high IP rating, this defib also has a handy LCD screen, allowing users to follow the life-saving steps with ease to ensure the most effective rescue possible, a great option for school premises to ensure ANYONE can use the device to save a life in an emergency situation.
In addition to this, the AED’s bold design and unmissable yellow exterior means that it’ll stand out in any environment and will be easy to locate in the event of a cardiac arrest.
Already a popular option for schools, the Physio Control Lifepak CR Plus is lightweight and portable, allowing schools to take it on-the-go on school trips or to have in an accessible location during sporting events.
As a Fully Automatic device, this defib takes all the hard work away from the user, so all you need to concentrate in an emergency is pad placement and effective CPR.
An added bonus of this device is its pre-connected pads – this shaves vital time off the rescue process and is a great feature for those using the unit who may be unfamiliar with how it functions.
Following the voice prompts as a guide, the Lifepak will let you know when to deliver compressions and whether a shock is advised. Should defibrillation be required, the AED will give you ample time to stand back from the victim while it automatically delivers the shock to the patient.
Remember, an AED will not administer defibrillation to a casualty unless their heart is in a shockable rhythm. A defibrillator is the only definitive treatment against cardiac arrest and can only increase chances of survival for a victim.
An uncomplicated device which focuses on providing effective rescue advice alongside a life-saving defibrillation shock, the HS1 device from Philips comes equipped with CPR coaching, helping to provide those with limited first aid skills the ability to save a life.
The simplistic and easy-to-use design makes this unit the perfect option for schools where a potential rescuer may have little to no previous experience with handling an AED.
This defibrillator comes equipped with Paediatric Pads, an essential accessory to allow users to provide a life-saving shock to a child should they suffer a cardiac arrest.
Simply attached the electrodes following the diagram for reference for effective placement; from here you can deliver the definitive treatment to a child between the ages of 1 – 8 years old.
We hope these suggestions have helped encourage you to enquire as to whether your school has a defibrillator, and what they plan to do to protect their staff, students and themselves against cardiac arrest.
With every passing minute, chances of surviving cardiac arrest decrease by 10% which is why quick AED access and first aid training is essential for schools, workplaces and public locations to make a difference in the current survival rates.
Does your child’s school have a defib? Where is it kept? Do you know a school that needs encouraging? Get in touch with us via twitter and help us raise awareness of defibrillators in education!