Less than half of Hampshire's schools have access to life-saving defibrillators

Sam Mongoro, of Mountbatten School, Romsey, recovers in hospital after suffering a heart attack while at school.

Sam Mongoro, of Mountbatten School, Romsey, recovers in hospital after suffering a heart attack while at school.

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MORE than half of secondary schools in Hampshire do not have access to lifesaving defibrillators, a Daily Echo investigation has found.

Out of 57 schools across our area, just 22 have the vital equipment on site that could save a child’s life.

The details can be revealed today as we continue our Save A Life In Schools campaign following the heroics of a group of Hampshire teachers who kept 16-year-old Sam Mangoro alive with the vital tool when he collapsed and suffered a heart attack in class.

In Southampton the figures are even more alarming, with only one-third of senior schools having the £800 equipment available.

But following our story on how Sam’s life was saved on the floor of the sports hall at Romsey’s Mountbatten School, more schools now say they are considering investing in the equipment.

Among them are Bitterne Park and Romsey schools.

As reported by the Daily Echo, quick-thinking staff at the Whitenap Lane school sprung into action when pupil Sam suddenly collapsed during a PE lesson.

Four teachers, including job interviewee Emma Denham, carried out life-saving CPR and shocked him with the defibrillator four times – something paramedics later said was critical in keeping Sam alive.

Several of the schools which already have defibrillators on site are specialist sports colleges, while most private schools also carry the technology including King Edward VI School which has two and Winchester College with three.

Staff at these schools have backed the Echo’s campaign and spoken of how vital defibrillators are to safety.

Trudi Bailey, nurse at Crofton School, Fareham, said the school obtained a defibrillator a year ago.

She said: “You never know when something is going to happen, so we felt we had to have one on site. We are also training as many staff as possible to use it and have 16 Duke of Edinburgh Award students trained to use it.

“I think the Echo is doing a very wise thing making everyone aware of how important these are for schools.”

Trudi, a qualified defibrillator trainer, is leading another training program at the school in April.

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12:08pm Wed 12 Mar 14

bigfella777 says...

I am a trained Red Cross first aider but to be honest I would be terrified of putting the paddles on a small child, it's one thing doing it on a dummy but another doing it for real. You need experience.
I am a trained Red Cross first aider but to be honest I would be terrified of putting the paddles on a small child, it's one thing doing it on a dummy but another doing it for real. You need experience. bigfella777
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12:43pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Hampshire Corn and Bread says...

bigfella777 wrote:
I am a trained Red Cross first aider but to be honest I would be terrified of putting the paddles on a small child, it's one thing doing it on a dummy but another doing it for real. You need experience.
Trust me, they really are straight forward & in the heat of the moment you do it.

No experience needed.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I am a trained Red Cross first aider but to be honest I would be terrified of putting the paddles on a small child, it's one thing doing it on a dummy but another doing it for real. You need experience.[/p][/quote]Trust me, they really are straight forward & in the heat of the moment you do it. No experience needed. Hampshire Corn and Bread
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1:12pm Wed 12 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

"Less than half of Hampshire's schools have access to life-saving defibrillators"

"Fewer..."

It's a shame that schools can't find the £1,000 - £1,500 needed for a defib, when you consider how much they waste in other ways.
"Less than half of Hampshire's schools have access to life-saving defibrillators" "Fewer..." It's a shame that schools can't find the £1,000 - £1,500 needed for a defib, when you consider how much they waste in other ways. From the sidelines
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1:17pm Wed 12 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

bigfella777 wrote:
I am a trained Red Cross first aider but to be honest I would be terrified of putting the paddles on a small child, it's one thing doing it on a dummy but another doing it for real. You need experience.
St John Ambulance teaches cadets (10-18 yrs) how to use an AED. They're automatic - they measure heart rhythms and decide whether a shock is needed. The machine talks you through everything you have to do. Absolutely foolproof.

The operator can do no harm, except by inaction.

What experience do you need bigfella?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I am a trained Red Cross first aider but to be honest I would be terrified of putting the paddles on a small child, it's one thing doing it on a dummy but another doing it for real. You need experience.[/p][/quote]St John Ambulance teaches cadets (10-18 yrs) how to use an AED. They're automatic - they measure heart rhythms and decide whether a shock is needed. The machine talks you through everything you have to do. Absolutely foolproof. The operator can do no harm, except by inaction. What experience do you need bigfella? From the sidelines
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1:20pm Wed 12 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

From the sidelines wrote:
"Less than half of Hampshire's schools have access to life-saving defibrillators"

"Fewer..."

It's a shame that schools can't find the £1,000 - £1,500 needed for a defib, when you consider how much they waste in other ways.
My mistake, I quoted commercial prices. Apparently even cheaper for schools - story says £800.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: "Less than half of Hampshire's schools have access to life-saving defibrillators" "Fewer..." It's a shame that schools can't find the £1,000 - £1,500 needed for a defib, when you consider how much they waste in other ways.[/p][/quote]My mistake, I quoted commercial prices. Apparently even cheaper for schools - story says £800. From the sidelines
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5:01pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Loveyourcity says...

From the sidelines wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
I am a trained Red Cross first aider but to be honest I would be terrified of putting the paddles on a small child, it's one thing doing it on a dummy but another doing it for real. You need experience.
St John Ambulance teaches cadets (10-18 yrs) how to use an AED. They're automatic - they measure heart rhythms and decide whether a shock is needed. The machine talks you through everything you have to do. Absolutely foolproof.

The operator can do no harm, except by inaction.

What experience do you need bigfella?
I fully agree. They are voice speaking and will only produce a shock if it deems necessary. It tells you to stand clear etc.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I am a trained Red Cross first aider but to be honest I would be terrified of putting the paddles on a small child, it's one thing doing it on a dummy but another doing it for real. You need experience.[/p][/quote]St John Ambulance teaches cadets (10-18 yrs) how to use an AED. They're automatic - they measure heart rhythms and decide whether a shock is needed. The machine talks you through everything you have to do. Absolutely foolproof. The operator can do no harm, except by inaction. What experience do you need bigfella?[/p][/quote]I fully agree. They are voice speaking and will only produce a shock if it deems necessary. It tells you to stand clear etc. Loveyourcity
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6:39pm Wed 12 Mar 14

cliffwalker says...

Good news! Nearly half of Hampshire schools have defibrillators.
Bad news: very few Hampshire businesses have defibrillators.
Good news! Nearly half of Hampshire schools have defibrillators. Bad news: very few Hampshire businesses have defibrillators. cliffwalker
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