PUPILS at a St Asaph school have been given life saving training.
The Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome charity, SADS UK, has provided the training to pupils at Ysgol Glan Clwyd after they recieved a difibrillator.
The defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest
Nurse Julie Starling is supporting the cardiac charity SADS UK national Big Shock Campaign.
She is working with schools in North Wales to put defibrillators in place to help restart the heart if a person suffers a cardiac arrest.
Julie has fundraised together with supporters and cardiac arrest survivor John Roberts to put a defibrillator at Ysgol Glan Clwyd.
After having his life saved John Roberts has felt compelled to assist in making defibrillators available to schools.
Ysgol Clan Clwyd is one of a handful of secondary schools in Denbighshire to be equipped with the defibrillator to help save lives if a cardiac arrest occurs.
She said: “I am grateful to staff at Glan Clwyd Hospital who are supporting the campaign to make defibrillators available in North Wales schools and have helped with raising funds for this equipment.
“Enormous thanks go to Richard Limburn cardiac nurse and brother-in-law Mike who biked from Lands End to Glan Clwyd Hospital to raise funds for the defibrillator campaign and together with a generous donation from ‘Criw Dydd Mawrth’ enough funds were raised to present a defibrillator to Ysgol Glan Clwyd.”
Founder of SADS UK, Anne Jolly, said: “The donation and placement of defibrillators in schools is absolutely crucial as sudden cardiac arrest can affect a person of any age, even children. It is estimated that there are 270 cardiac arrests in UK schools each year.
“The big campaign urges the government to legislate for defibrillators to be in placed in all schools.
“We are delighted that Julie Starling is supporting the campaign to put defibrillators in schools and is working with the charity to put defibrillators in schools in North Wales.”
Adrian Hooper of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust said: “We are committed to supporting organisations who are actively making provisions to have difibrillators in schools.
“In Wales, the survival rate for Sudden Cardiac Arrest is currently just under 50% where defibrillators are accessible and only 3% where they are not.”
Copies of the SADS UK ‘The Warning Signs’ leaflets have been provided to assist people who may have an underlying cardiac condition to be identified and treated.
If you would like to know more about putting a defibrillator in your school, call Anne Jolly, SADS UK on 01277 811215 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org web.