MP STEPS UP CAMPAIGN FOR LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT IN ALL SCHOOLS
EASINGTON MP Grahame Morris has stepped up his campaign to install life-saving defibrillators in every school.
He tabled a cross-party Commons motion demanding their installation after a number of avoidable cardiac arrest deaths in people with undiagnosed heart conditions.
“Such tragedies often come about in schools when youngsters engage in energetic sports activities,” the Health Select Committee member said.
“All the Olympic Volunteers were apparently trained in the use of defibrillators and there were a large number deployed around the Olympic Park and Venues.
“Defibrillators are relatively cheap to buy, portable and easy to use and could save many lives if they were available in workplaces and schools.”
He called on MPs from all parties to support his motion and put pressure on the Government to act with urgency.
DEFIBRILLATORS IN THE WORKPLACE
That this House notes that cardiac arrest is among the top causes of fatality in the workplace; further notes that the provision of early defibrillation via Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) has led to reported survival rates from cardiac arrest of up to 75 per cent, with each minute of delay reducing chances of successful defibrillation by 10 per cent; commends the organisers of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for recognising the importance of access to AEDs in cases of cardiac arrest and for providing training in their use to thousands of volunteers; and therefore calls on the Government to endorse the campaign supported by the Bakers Union amongst others and introduce a statutory obligation on all UK employers to provide AEDs in places of work.
SADS UK’S BIG SHOCK CAMPAIGN
That this House congratulates SADS UK on organising, donating and training on over 160 automated external defibrillators to schools in the UK; notes that as many as 270 pupils are dying from cardiac arrest at school each year and that immediate defibrillation increases the chance of their survival 10 fold; and calls on the Government to make defibrillators mandatory in all schools.