Around 60,000 people in the UK experience sudden cardiac arrest in the community every year. Sadly, only 1 in 10 survive. Acting effectively within the first minute can treble someone’s chances of survival.
Access to an automated external defibrillators (AED) can make all the difference.
Many schools will have an AED on their site, but might have different procedures for how a community user group can access it in an emergency.
This can vary from:
- A school not allowing community user groups to access their AED.
- A school allowing access in an emergency, but only through a member of staff.
- A school allowing access to community user groups, by sharing necessary access details e.g. where the AED is stored, any relevant security codes etc.
- A school allowing full public access to the AED by storing it externally, such as in a cabinet fixed to an outside wall.
It's good practice to find out about a school’s procedures and keep contact details for emergencies.