How to use a defibrillator

For every minute after a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, your chances of recovery drop by 20%. The average ambulance response time is over eleven minutes, outside of a hospital, the survival rate is less than one in ten. A defibrillator or AED is the only known treatment method but do you know how to use a defibrillator?

If a defibrillator is used within the first minute, you have a 90% chance of surviving – within three minutes, it’s 74%.

28th January 2019

270 lives: CPR & AED training should be part of the national teaching curriculum

This year, in the UK, 270 children will die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) at school.

With this figure in mind, it seems obvious that any measure to reduce that number should be implemented immediately.

Which is why the recent announcement by the Department for Education (DfE) has been welcomed by The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and British Red Cross.

26th July 2018

Why defibrillators are critical in schools

As a teacher or parent, your main concerns are child health, well-being and safety.

Did you know that 270 deaths after falling victim to sudden cardiac arrest happen at school each year in the UK?

These statistics may come as a surprise to you but this is the reality we’re living in.

19th October 2017

Mother calls for defibrillators in all schools after son’s collapse

When Josh Wheelhouse, 15, collapsed at school, it was only the fast actions of staff that saved him. With no previous signs of heart conditions, Josh was lucky to be resuscitated by staff with CPR training.

His mother, Tracy, wants all schools to have automated external defibrillators on their premises.

15th December 2015