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Small Island with a Very Big Heart
22 June 2018

St Thomas of Canterbury and Shalfleet Primary Schools have become the latest 24/7 Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) sites for the Isle of Wight NHS Ambulance service.

This is thanks to the Wight Strollers donating their seventh Public Access Defibrillator and the Savoyards giving an outside wall defibrillator case to the IW NHS Ambulance Service community defibrillator scheme.

Louise Walker, Head of Head of Ambulance Training & Community Response Services (ATCoRS) said: “Words cannot express our sincere gratitude to The Wight Strollers and The Island Savoyards theatre groups for their generosity; they really are true credits to our Island community. We are also extremely grateful to St Thomas of Canterbury and Shalfleet Primary Schools for housing the PAD’s, being our site guardians and allowing these lifesaving devices to be available to the whole community 24/7.


Louise continued: “32 year old Laura Summers of Sandown Bay Academy, who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest whilst at work, is a fine example of why it is just so important that all schools have immediate access to a defibrillator. It’s the safe use of the defibrillator and good quality effective CPR that can increase someone’s chance of survival from an out of hospital cardiac arrest, from as little as 5% to as much as 74%.”

Did you know?

  • A cardiac arrest is when a casualty becomes unconscious and is not breathing normally because the heart has stopped pumping oxygenated blood around the body.
  • A defibrillator will analyse a casualty’s heart rhythm and will only shock them if needed. 
  • For every minute that passes without defibrillation and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent.

It’s the first three minutes that are absolutely time critical with regards to recognition of cardiac arrest, good quality CPR and early defibrillation.

Information on CPR can be found on the NHS Choices website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/first-aid/cpr/

Information regarding Defibrillator and First Aid training can be found at www.isleofwightambulance.co.uk

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a first aid technique that is needed if someone is unconscious and not breathing normally. Chest compressions and rescue breaths keep blood and oxygen circulating in the body. If someone is unresponsive and not breathing normally, call 999 or 112 for an ambulance. Then, if you can, start CPR straight away.

If you have not been trained in CPR or are worried about giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a stranger, you can do chest compression-only (or hands-only) CPR.

To carry out a chest compression:

  1. Place the heel of your hand on the breastbone at the centre of the person’s chest. Place your other hand on top of your first hand and interlock your fingers.
  2. Position yourself with your shoulders above your hands.
  3. Using your body weight (not just your arms); press straight down by 5–6cm on their chest.
  4. Repeat this until an ambulance arrives.

Try to perform chest compressions at 100-120 compressions a minute.

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