Defibrillators Required In Schools To Save More Lives
July 02, 2012 Business News(PRLEAP.COM) Every week twelve children die as a result of sudden cardiac arrest. The loss of life is always tragic and even more so when it involves children. As a result several of the victims families have joined forces with MP's to get more Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) into schools.
Their campaign requests prompt action on the matter, which would undoubtley help prevent some of the deaths. The campaign trail started in 2006, and continues to try and get as many AED's into schools as possible. Linda Boden is at the forefront of the efforts as she sadly lost her son to sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS).
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She recently summed up her feelings:
""It is with a lifetime of regret that I could not save my son Andrew, but if I can save one other mother or family member from going through the same heartache then I will and if that means campaigning for the Government to put defibrillators in all schools then so be it"
Studies show that for every minute that passes without an AED a child's chances of survival drop by as much as 10%. However the average response time of an ambulance is eight minutes. Therefore if the machines were accessible in schools and the staff had been on Paediatric First Aid Courses then more lives could be saved.
The campaigning has the ultimate aim of pushing through legislation that would make it law for all schools to own an AED. The real stumbling block at the moment is the cost of the machines, which would require some government subsidy and support.