​New Defibrillator Installed at Nursery Entrance | King's Hall School Taunton

​New Defibrillator Installed at Nursery Entrance

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A public access defibrillator has been installed at the entrance of our Nursery and can be accessed by staff, visitors and members of the public who are making use of the sports pitches and other areas of the school.

We already have a defibrillator in the Staff Common Room, but this is not always assessable during the school holidays or when taking part in activities further afield.

The statistics surrounding sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) are alarming, highlighting the importance of having defibrillators in public spaces such as schools, workplaces, community areas:

  • 270 children die in the UK every year after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest at school.
  • Based on Resuscitation Council (UK) data, around 60, 000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur every year in the UK.
  • In England alone, the Ambulance Service attempts resuscitation in around 30, 000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases annually.
  • Approximately 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home, whilst 30% occur in public places.
  • Without immediate treatment, 90-95% of sudden cardiac arrest victims will die.
  • If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, their chance of survival increases from 6% to 74%.
  • Only 22% of people in the UK would be confident in performing CPR on a stranger.

To gain access to the device, the person wishing to use it must dial 999 before stating the location and postcode of the cabinet (which are handily printed on the side.) Once these details have been given, an Ambulance Control Operator will provide a code which will unlock the cabinet.

King’s Schools Health and Safety Officer, Phil Musgrove, is the registered guardian who will report monthly to the ambulance service, ensuring the smooth running of the equipment. The box is now live and on the service’s database. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how to use the equipment, please contact PJMusgrove@kings-taunton.co.uk.

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