Should schools be required to have a defib device on site?

Having been on a Red Cross course recently I am interested in the answer to the question regarding placement of a demodulation unit (commonly called AED) on school sites.  I think schools should get one and my reasons are below. (Source St Johns)

1. Each year more than 2,000 New Zealanders will suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital
2. For 72% of cardiac arrests a bystander will perform CPR
3. People may show no warnings or prior symptoms and 12% survive to hospital discharge following a cardiac arrest
4. Use of an AED within 3-5 min of collapse can increase the chance of survival by up to 44%  NOTE: 3-5 minutes!

Why schools?

  • Often have more than 800 students and staff on site
  • May have a swimming pool
  • Frequently have a Special Needs Unit
  • Most have gyms – often used by outside organizations
  • Often are more than 5 minutes away from a defib unit…
  • Often have events hosted in halls, with large numbers of public/school community attending

Seems fairly sensible to me. Also seems consistent with schools health and safety obligations… Does your school have a defib unit on site?

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One Response to Should schools be required to have a defib device on site?

  1. Pingback: Defib continued… | edwin bruce, teacher

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