Defibrilator at Gateway School

  |  Published: Oct 29th 2012

The Gateway School in Great Missenden is the first primary school in the UK to install a DOC® AED device, the world's only fully automated defibrillator. This lifesaving device could increase the survival rate of anyone suffering a cardiac arrest in the school by up to 90%.

Cardiac arrest is a very real issue for young and old and Gateway School is leading a UK-wide drive for the installation of defibrillators in all schools and public places. The defibrillator installed at Gateway provides voice-led instructions to the user, meaning anyone, trained or not, can potentially save a life.

"We have a duty of care to anyone in our school, whether pupil, staff, parent or visitor. The DOC AED will ensure that crucial life support can be administered in the case of a cardiac arrest, whether in the school, on the sports field, playground or on the walk to or from school.

"We hope also to extend the use of the defibrillator to the wider community in Great Missenden. If someone was to suffer a cardiac arrest close to the school," explained Steven Wade, head teacher at Gateway School."

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