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Getting a Defibrillator for your School

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Have you thought about the benefits of having a defibrillator (AED) in your child’s School?In 2013, emergency medical services attempted to resuscitate approximately 28,000 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in England.  Overall survival rates vary across the country, but range between 2% and 12%.2 However, survival rates as high as 75% have been reported where CPR and defibrillation are delivered promptly. This is why the statutory guidance on supporting pupils at school with medical conditions advises schools to consider purchasing an AED as part of their first-aid equipment. Modern AEDs are inexpensive, simple to operate and safe for users. The AED will analyse the individual’s heart rhythm and apply a shock to restart it, or advise that CPR should be continued. Voice and/or visual prompts will guide the rescuer through the entire process from when the device is first switched on or opened. These include positioning and attaching the pads, when to start or restart CPR and whether or not a shock is advised.

In view of the vital role that AEDs can play in saving the lives of pupils, staff and other users of school premises, the Department for Education is encouraging all schools to consider purchasing these devices as part of their first-aid equipment.

For schools and other eligible settings that would like assistance to do this, the Department for Education, working with the Department of Health, has negotiated an arrangement with NHS Supply Chain for schools to purchase AEDs from them at reduced cost.

The discount achieved from purchasing in bulk is passed on to schools through a reduced unit price. However, prices are likely to vary as each batch is purchased separately. The model of AED supplied may also change from batch to batch, although all devices supplied must still meet the minimum specification.

The current batch (batch three) went on sale on 22 April 2016 for £435.37 (£522.44 incl. VAT) per AED for the Mediana HeartOn A15 AED. This price includes delivery costs.

Automated External Defibrillator portable electronic life saver

Automated External Defibrillator

• 1 x automated external defibrillator (AED)

• 1 x carry case • 1 x battery

• 1 x set of universal pads (a switch on the device is used to change between adult and paediatric modes)

• user guide (user instruction manual in hard or soft copy format)

• 1 x laminated AED wall sign

To place an order, schools and other educational institutions should contact NHS Supply Chain directly by calling 0113 385 4858 or emailing

NHS Supply Chain will ask you to provide:

• the name and address of your school or other eligible setting

• your school’s six-digit URN (where applicable)7

• the name of your local authority (note that this applies regardless of setting type)

• the type and phase of your school or other setting

• a named contact for further correspondence

• an email address and telephone number

Remember to give us a call to arrange your AED training once you have purchased your Machine, discounted rates are available for schools.

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