We now have our own defib machine on the school premises and we are fully trained in the event that it may be needed.
Staff are very grateful to Joanne Caffery from TotalTrain for her training and assistance in purchasing the Defib machine.
Although we hope we never have to use it, it is important to know the reasons it is necessary to have one for this school and Maryport Junior School.
This machine is located in the small canteen to the left as you pass through the archway.
Survival rates from cardiac events increase when defibs are used
The greater risk for a cardiac arrest or cardiac event is to the adult employees and adult visitor to the school. A recent survey by the Resuscitation Council showed that in the last year, of 97 deaths on a school premises were: 33 deaths were staff, 52 were other adults and 12 were students. This gives a risk factor of 1 in 111 schools where, if a defib is used correctly, a person experiencing a cardiac event’s life could be saved.
The survival rate without a defibrillator is only between 9-11%. This is 'survival' from CPR which may mean the survivor has significant disabilities from oxygen starvation such as hypoxic brain injury.
However, the survival rate with a defibrillator very much depends on how quickly it can be fit to the casualty and activated. Within one minute the casualty can have a 98% chance of survival, falling to 70% at 3-5 minutes (subject to manual CPR also being administered).
Taken from information provided by Joanne Caffrey (TotalTrain)
For more information please see the Department for Education's guidance document June 2017