The importance and benefits of a defibrillator for a pe department

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With the recent announcement that every state school in the UK will have a defibrillator by the end of the 2022/23 school year, we look at the importance and benefits of having these life-saving pieces of technology located within easy reach of the P.E. department.

According to the British Heart Foundation, there are over 30,000 hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) in the UK each year. Unfortunately, the chances of survival are extremely low- just 1 in 10 people in the UK survive an OHCA. One of the main contributory factors to this disappointing figure is the time taken to begin treatment of the casualty.

AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) are used in addition to CPR to increase the chances of survival after a cardiac arrest.

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