All staff at Saint Paul’s have undergone crucial defibrillator training to ensure they have the life-saving skills necessary to act in an emergency situation.
The school has three defibrillators; two inside school and one outside, these are easily accessible in case of an emergency. All staff have a key ring with the defibrillator code for the outside box - this box can be used for the general public also who rent out the all-weather pitch.
Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone who may or may not be diagnosed with a cardiac condition. A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock and can make a difference between life and death. The defibrillators ‘talk’ users through how to use them and detect whether to administer a shock to a patient automatically.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that analyses the heart’s activity and, in the event of cardiac arrest, administers an electrical shock through electrodes placed on the chest. Defibrillators provide voice prompts to the operator, instructing them on what action to take to resuscitate a person who has suffered from a cardiac arrest. After the user adheres two sticky pads to the patient’s chest, the machine will then automatically assess whether or not to administer a shock. The delivery of an electric shock is fully automated and is only administered if the device has identified a life-threatening heart rhythm which requires and is suitable for a shock.
Mrs Angie Holland, lead First Aider at Saint Paul’s, said: “We have trained the staff on how to operate the machines, which work by delivering a controlled electric shock to the heart through sticky pads placed on the chest. The shocks interrupt the irregular heart rhythm that often characterises a cardiac arrest, causing it to return to normal.
More than 30,000 cardiac arrests occur out of hospital in the UK every year, yet just 1 in 10 people survive. Immediate CPR and early defibrillation, together with dialing 999, are crucial steps in saving someone’s life.”
“It is crucial for people to undertake CPR training and having defibrillators installed in school as both can save lives,” commented Mr Tony Billings, Executive Headteacher. “Training staff in the use of the defibrillators plays a key part in ensuring that every person the absolute best chance of survival in an emergency. The user is given exact instructions on what to do from the moment the device is switched on.”