Protect Young Hearts

Up to 270 children die in British schools every year from cardiac arrests in the UK every year
1 in 7 children in Secondary education receive training that could potentially save a life

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body. A person who suffers a cardiac arrest will be unresponsive and will lose consciousness almost immediately – every minute without Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) significantly reduces their chance of survival.

A Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) is a very safe and easy to use electronic device, designed to be used by a layperson. It automatically reads the heart rhythm of someone who may have suffered a cardiac arrest and diagnoses if an electrical shock is required to restore a normal heart rhythm.

The iPAD SP1 is recommended for its ease of use, with clear audible instructions and specific features that are of real benefit in helping to save a life.

How does iPAD work for you?

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    Adult / Paediatric Mode Switch

    The iPAD SP1 comes with dual use Adult / Paediatric electrode pads. There is a simple switch on the device which will allow you to change the energy output of the defibrillator. Having dual use pads decreases long term costs, as energy-reducing pads can be expensive.

  • Ambient Noise Detection

    It’s sometimes difficult to hear commands from a small device when the environment is busy, such a playground or corridor within a school. The iPAD SP1 comes with a noise detection system that pics up the background noise and adjusts its volume to ensure you hear it over the surrounding noises.

  • Simple to use – even by children

    A defibrillator must be easy to use – so that even children should feel confident using one in the event of an emergency.  Smart technology ensures that the device works as quickly as possible and the iPAD’s calm voice prompts with clear, illuminated visual instructions are easy to understand by adults and children alike.

What do people think?

I cannot imagine the shock and suffering of parents of children who die suddenly from SADS, but I have known people that have tragically died from the condition. I was pleased to see how enthusiastic the headteachers at the meeting were in getting these devices into their schools, and I am delighted to report that both Allestree Woodlands and Belper School already have them installed. I am confident that raising awareness in this regard will prevent further deaths in Mid Derbyshire, and I will continue to champion this cause in my work both in the constituency and in the Commons.

Pauline Latham OBE, MP for Mid-Derbyshire

With the unit being fitted to a first school with young children we felt that, even though the statistics for sudden cardiac arrest are very low for that age group, should an incident have occurred in the future and the device was not able to be utilised we would have failed in our goal to make communities safer – quite simply we opted for the right solution for this environment.

The Stephen Carey Fund

We are delighted to support this initiative to help save lives in the Whittlesey area. We pride ourselves on being a community school and this shows how well the partnership with our community really works.

Jonathan Digby, College Principal