Paramedics teach Stamford school staff to use defibrillators

Rachel McIvor and Hannah Auton, teachers at St Augustines church school at Stamford  with Rob Birkin, lead community resusitation trainer during his class at the school. EMN-161101-182505009
Rachel McIvor and Hannah Auton, teachers at St Augustines church school at Stamford with Rob Birkin, lead community resusitation trainer during his class at the school. EMN-161101-182505009
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Staff at two primary schools have recently learned how to use the life-saving defibrillators that have been installed on the premises.

As part of the Dosh4Defibs campaign, all five primary schools in Stamford have been fitted with defibrillators.

And last week, trainers from the East Midlands Ambulance Service visited St Augustine’s Primary on Monday and Bluecoat on Wednesday.

The defibrillator is lifesaving equipment that works to restore the heart rhythm if a person goes into cardiac arrest and the earlier a defibrillator is used the better the chance is of survival.

The defibrillator placed at the schools is easy to use by the layperson, providing voice prompts to the rescuer.

Founder of Sads UK Anne Jolly said: “Sads UK is pleased that St Augustine’s Primary School and Bluecoat Primary will benefit from having a defibrillator on the premises.

“Last year Sads UK patron Dr Hilary Jones presented lifesaver awards to staff at two senior schools, who had saved the lives of teenage boys using their school defibrillator.

“This year two more teenage boys were saved by teachers at their school. This demonstrates how important it is to have this lifesaving equipment on school premises. Using CPR alone provides a five per cent chance of survival but early use of the defibrillator as well increases the chance of survival to over 50 per cent; this is why Sads UK is so passionate about putting this lifesaving equipment in schools.”

Sads UK, which stands for Sudden Arythmic Death Syndrome, is currently running a big shock campaign to make defibrillators available in all schools.