In the frightening instance of a cardiac arrest, every second counts. A new life-saving defibrillator has been installed at a local primary school in the heart of Scunthorpe – funded by the staff, pupils, parents and a generous donation from community members in response to several pupils being diagnosed with heart conditions and as an awareness that the local area did not have access to this life saving equipment.
Using a defibrillator within 3-5 minutes of a cardiac arrest increases survival rates from 6% to 74%.
The device, located on the outside wall of Oasis Academy Parkwood, is now available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year for the public to use in the event of an emergency.
Oasis Academy Parkwood started its campaign earlier last year through several fairs, the school tuck shop, and donation from building and leading international infrastructure group company Balfour Beatty. Through raising funds and donations, they collected an incredible £1370, which enabled the purchase of the life saving donation and enabled staff to be trained on how to use the device.
Tracey Norriss, Principal of Oasis Academy Parkwood, commented on the lifesaving equipment, saying; “We are extremely grateful to community members and local companies for this extremely kind donation.”
“The funds also allowed staff to be fully trained if a medical emergency was to arise, and now we have the peace of mind that we have this resource not just for our pupils and staff but our local community.”
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart to someone who is in cardiac arrest and plays an essential role in trying to save their life.
Statistics are currently very stark - 270 children die every year at school from sudden cardiac arrest. Combined with trained CPR, using a defibrillator within 3-5 minutes of a cardiac arrest increases survival rates from 6% to 74%.
Public access defibrillators (PADs), which anyone can use, are normally located in workplaces and public spaces like airports, shopping centres, community centres, and train stations.