Many steps for preventing Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (SCDY) have been identified, beginning with increasing public awareness of SCDY risk factors, cardiac symptoms, and appropriate actions.
Another step is to increase community knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Sadly children and young people can suffer sudden cardiac arrest, as well as the older population.
Medical experts believe many children could be saved if a defibrillator is used within minutes of collapse. However, there is currently no national system in place in Australia to ensure defibrillators are on school premises.
Defib for Life is working to make defibrillators mandatory, but we need your help.
Protect your children by making a defibrillator available on your school premises to make sure you are rescue ready and if a pupil or teacher suffers sudden cardiac arrest you are ready to restart the heart.
If someone in your school community suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? Did you know that early recognition of a cardiac arrest, calling 000, bystander response with CPR, and use of an AED greatly increase the chance of survival?
Important questions for schools to consider are:
1. Does your school have an emergency response plan and does it include a defibrillator on site?
2. How many students and staff can recognize the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest and know how to get help “on the way, right away”?
3. Who knows CPR in your school and is ready to use it when necessary?
4. Where are the automated external defibrillators (AEDs) located in your school building, are they properly maintained and inspected, and who knows how to use them?
By taking simple, small steps to make your school rescue ready, when an emergency happens, you will be ready.