Life-saving defibrillator installed at Mexborough primary school

A life-saving defibrillator has been installed at a primary school in Mexborough.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 9:50 am
Updated Monday, 20th January 2020, 2:03 pm
Jovita, Yisa and Paigton with the new defibriator at Mexborough St Johns School

Mexborough St John’s Church of England Primary School, on Sedgefield Way, was given the opportunity to have the kit installed on its site thanks to a generous donation by non-profit organisation Hand on Heart, a campaign to help equip schools with life-saving defibrillators, and Zoll Medical, which develops and markets medical devices and software solutions that help advance emergency care and save lives.

Staff at the school will now attend a training session and complete an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training course, while pupils undertake basic life support skill sessions.

The defibrillator was given to the school following a pledge at the UK Heart Safe Awards 2019, the UK's leading national awards competition which is hosted by the Hand on Heart charity to celebrate organisations and employers who invest in creating Heart Safe environments and the acts of individuals who have saved lives while at work or leisure.

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Headteacher Adam Minor said: “We are extremely pleased that 'Hand on Heart' & 'Zoll Medical' have kindly chosen our school to benefit from having an AED on site. Whilst we hope to never use the equipment it could prove to be vital in helping to save life. Big thank you for choosing our school.”

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart to someone who is in cardiac arrest and plays an essential role in trying to save their life.

Public access defibrillators (PADs), which anyone can use, are normally located in workplaces and public spaces like airports, shopping centres, community centres, and train stations.

Both Hand on Heart and Zoll work in partnership to keep children safe and “prevent the deaths of the 12 young people who die of sudden cardiac arrest each week in the UK”, according to figures taken from the Hand on Heart website.

For more information about Hand on Heart visit www.handonheart.org or to learn about Zoll, which supplied the equipment to the school, visit www.zoll.com/uk.