Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) affects anyone, regardless of age. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death amongst young athletes.
Effective CPR and defibrillation is the only definitive treatment for anyone who suffers an SCA, with some minor adjustments for children under the age of 8.
Whilst we are not able to predict an SCA, we are able to prepare for one by being equipped with a defibrillator. Sudden Cardiac Arrest strikes anyone, at any time or place. Having paediatric electrode pads for your defibrillator ensures you are able to treat anyone that suffers a cardiac arrest, regardless of their age.
A defibrillator provides suitable and effective treatment to a child through paediatric pads.
Electrode pad placement on a child is different to an adult, due to the chest and frame size of a child. One pad is placed on the centre of the child's chest, the other is placed on the centre of the child's back, adjacent to the front pad.
Paediatric electrode pads lower the shock to a safe level of joules for a child when restoring their heart back to a normal rhythm. In a situation where paediatric electrode pads are not available for a child in cardiac arrest, it is advised to use adult pads with the correct placement for a child.
A defibrillator with a built-in paediatric feature automatically adjusts the shock level at the touch of a button. Paediatric pads will not be required if the device has a paediatric feature. The pads should still be placed on the centre of the child's chest and back.
Simply pressing the button or switch or inserting the key (dependent on the device) lowers the shock level, saving vital time in an emergency by eliminating the need to detach and reattach a new set of electrode pads.
Defibrillators in Schools
A defibrillator is not yet a legal requirement for public places, including schools. Defibrillators should be as common as fire extinguishers as they save lives and should be regarded as an essential piece of equipment for all schools.
There is a 70% chance of survival if defibrillation occurs within 3 minutes of collapse and 90% if treatment is provided within one minute.
The emergency services have an average response time of 9 minutes. The chance of survival decreases by 10% for every minute that passes without treatment. Defibrillators in schools and staff who are trained in their use ensures immediate treatment is available to someone suffering a cardiac arrest.
If more people become familiar with CPR and how to use a defibrillator, more lives will be saved. As of 2020, first aid has been a requirement in schools. This includes basic first aid for primary school children and secondary school pupils learn further first aid, such as how to administer CPR and the purpose of defibrillators.
Save a Life
Every second counts when responding to a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Knowing how to effectively treat a child who has collapsed as a result of SCA saves valuable time in an emergency and ultimately increases their chance of survival.
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