All staff including guards, office staff and cleaners will have been trained in the use of this equipment across all 3 campuses by the end of this half term.
The US Red Cross reports that the average response time for first responders once 911 is called is 8-12 minutes. For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival reduces by approximately 10%. The majority of people who survive a cardiac arrest are resuscitated from ventricular fibrillation (VF) by the administration of a defibrillatory shock. This is most likely to be successful when it is given very soon after the onset of VF; emergency service personnel are often unable to arrive soon enough to help a victim. Fortunately, with CPR/AED training, our staff have the skills necessary to help save a life.
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are designed to be used by members of the public, and are very effective at guiding the operator through the process of administering the shock. They have become widely available, are safe and easy to use, and will not allow a shock to be given to a victim who does not require one.
While we hope that the occasion never arises in which we would have to use the AEDs that are in central locations all around the 3 campuses, it is reassuring that our staff are all training in the safe use of these monitors.
In addition, all local staff received annual First Aid training before the start of this academic year with many of our teaching staff also opting to take part in additional training including lifesaving courses that are provided to ensure our staff are more than prepared for any eventuality.
With regular training offered to all our staff not just in AED training but also Life Saving, CPR and First Aid, BIS is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our students, staff, parents and visitors to our school.
Dee Grimshaw, Deputy Headteacher at An Phu Primary