St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School in Woodley has received a HeartSine automated external defibrillator (AED) courtesy of Lilly-May Page Trust, a foundation that raises awareness for the use of automated external defibrillators to combat sudden arrhythmic death syndromes (SADS).
The donation will be the school’s first lifesaving device that will be used in the event of a life-threatening sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, causing blood to stop flowing to the brain and other vital organs.
The staff and students at St Dominic Savio are very thankful to be protected and are pleased with the device’s ease-of-use. “We are incredibly grateful. I think Claire is very brave and when she showed us the machine it was so easy to use. It’s very clever how it speaks to you and because it will be outside the building it is also a help for the wider community,” says James Broadbridge, Headteacher at the School.
Earlier this year, HeartSine donated a defibrillator to Lilly-May Page Trust that was presented to South Lake Primary School on Campbell Road.
SCA happens to people of all ages, including children, and is often fatal if not treated within minutes. With 84 percent of SCA events occurring outside of the healthcare setting, including on school grounds or school buses, or during sporting events, it is important to have an AED on hand in the event of a cardiac emergency.
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