Defibrillators in Schools

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) strikes people of all ages, including children as we have all sadly seen in the media of late. For less than £1000 you can give your school, its children, staff and visitors the best chance of surviving a cardiac arrest with rapid access to a lifesaving defibrillator.

No AED = 5% chance of survival / AED within first 5 minutes = 75% chance of survival

The death of anyone, regardless of age, leaves a void in the lives of his or her survivors. However, the death of a child seemingly in the prime of life is very difficult to accept. The impact on family, school, friends, and perhaps the entire community is not easily overcome. All adults, especially those who are parents, place the highest value on protecting the lives of children. It is estimated that in the UK 12 young people a week die due to SCA, (Cardiac Risk in the Young figures).

Unfortunately a host of undetected cardiac problems exist within any sizeable school population and some school activities (especially sports) may exacerbate these difficulties.

  • As many as 1 in 500 children may suffer from cardiac myopathies in which the heart muscle is unusually thick. This often undetected condition can lead to SCA and can be precipitated by exercise.
  • Commotio Cordis is a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating effectively following a relatively low velocity impact with a blunt object to the chest. The impact can be in the form of a rugby ball, football, hockey ball, knee or shoulder. In the USA it has been documented as being the second most common cause of SCA in school age athletes.

For further details of our school packages which start at just £995 and include:

1 HeartSine Automated External Defibrillator (option 350P/360P or 500P models) with 10 year warranty!

1 HeartSine steel wall bracket (optional external/ internal, alarmed/ lockable cabinet)

Certified online training in CPR and AED use for up to 6 people (optional in-house training)

Plus, 1 durable soft carry case, (units are the most water and dust proof on the market), 2 `PadPaks` (combined battery and electrode cartridge with 4 year shelf life) with choice of adult or paediatric for under 8`s, (usually one of each). User instructions, USB data port, quick reference card, Laerdal Mini Anne (CPR/ AED training video and mannequin), prep kit, (scissors, razor, face mask, towel, gloves), access to lifetime AED management software for updates, and post and packaging. In fact everything you need to save a life, young or old

Please e-mail: schools@thedefibcentre.co.uk or call us on 0800 634 9745 for free, no obligation friendly advice and support!

Remember, the only effective form of treatment for SCA is rapid (within 4-6 minutes) defibrillation using an AED as part of the chain of survival. So learn CPR, have an AED available, familiarise everyone with it and its location, and know you are doing everything you can to stop the tragic and all too often unnecessary loss of life due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest!