Automated External Defibrillator

SCPA AED

A huge thank you to our wonderful Parents' Association!

The SCPA are pleased to announce that some of the funds raised annually by the children and parents of Shoreham College have been used to buy a Lifeline automated external defibrillator (AED) for the school. The new piece of equipment has been installed in the office reception area where members of staff trained to use this life saving device will be able to access it easily if the need arises.

A defibrillator restores a normal heartbeat to a victim after a cardiac arrest. The electrical pulse it emits to the heart restores it to a regular heartbeat, and allows the heart to return to pumping blood around the body.

People are growing more and more aware of the effects of sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) and the importance of responsive, knowledgeable, first aid treatment is paramount to the survival of an SCA sufferer. A sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, any size, age, gender, height, weight, fitness or whereabouts. When an AED and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are immediately available, the chance of survival is substantially improved. Combined with CPR, the use of an AED may increase the likelihood of survival by 75 per cent or more.

Paul Lane from Heartsafe visited the school in April to provide a demonstration of the new device and its use to the headmaster, Richard Taylor-West and the SCPA Chair, Kate Prosser.

The SCPA remains committed to the maintenance and upkeep of the defibrillator and will continue to fundraise so that trained staff receive yearly training and that the equipment is regularly checked and items replaced if necessary, as outlined in the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Please contact the school office for further information regarding defibrillators or alternatively at: www.defibtech.com/intl/lifeline/features