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School staff to be trained to use lifesaving device

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 17, 2013

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STAFF at a South Derbyshire school will be given training following the installation of a lifesaving defibrillator.

Hilton Primary School, in Peacroft Court, appealed to cardiac charity SADS UK in a bid to get the device installed.

Now, East Midlands Ambulance Service will be heading to the school later this week to train staff on how to use it.

Anne Jolly, founder of SADS UK, said: “SADS UK is pleased that Hilton Primary School will benefit from having a defibrillator on the premises to restart the heart if there is a cardiac arrest on the premises.

“Using CPR alone provides a five per cent chance of survival but using the defibrillator as well increases survival chances to more than 50 per cent.

“ This is why SADS UK is so passionate about putting this lifesaving equipment in place

“We have assisted Hilton Primary School in order to place a defibrillator on its premises.

“Supporting our Big Shock campaign, the school was keen to place a defibrillator on their premises as they understand how important it is to provide early defibrillation when a person suffers a cardiac arrest.

“The defibrillator training at Hilton Primary School will be carried out by the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

“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 school is easy to use, providing voice prompts to the rescuer.”

More information is available about getting a defibrillator for a school is available by calling 01277 811215, email, info@sadsuk.org web www.sadsuk.org

This comes only days after the Mail revealed that campaigner Cassadanra Fox was working to get a device placed in every single school in Burton and South Derbyshire.

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