School Community Benefit from New Defibrillator
With an increase to our external sports bookings, we have recently installed a public access defibrillator at the entrance to our Swimming Pool. With King’s staff, pupils and visitors regularly using the school’s sporting facilities, this new device will benefit the whole community.
The school currently has defibrillators in the Medical Centre and School Reception, however these are not always accessible during the school holidays.
The new defibrillator, which will provide life-saving treatment all-year round, is located on the outside wall of the Swimming Pool. To gain access, the person wanting to use it needs to dial 999 and follow the instructions on the inside of the cabinet. The receiving ambulance control operator will require the postcode of the school and the location of the defibrillator to enable them to release an access code.
There are a huge number of statistics that demonstrate the risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and why defibrillators are so important, detailing why they should be available in public buildings, leisure centres, work places, schools and community areas across the UK. If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, the chance of survival increases from 6% to 74%.
King’s College Health and Safety Officer, Phil Musgrove, is the registered guardian. He will be required to report monthly to the ambulance service, and will regularly monitor the defibrillator.
If you have any questions, please contact Phil on PJMusgrove@kings-taunton.co.uk.
The box is now live with the ambulance service and is listed on their database.
Published on: Monday, November 19, 2018