Bellurgan National School is delighted to inform you that a new Defibrillator has been donated to us by local company, Bellurgan Precision Engineering. This gesture is very much appreciated as it becomes a very important part of our first aid equipment in our school
Pictured presenting the defibrillator to School Principal,Mr McCoy, is Anna and Oisin Caroll whose parents own the local company.
Sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating and can happen to people at any age and without warning. When it does happen, quick action (in the form of early CPR and defibrillation) can help save lives. A defibrillator is a machine used to give an electric shock to restart a patient’s heart when they are in cardiac arrest.
Safeguarding our pupils against this silent killer, and indeed anyone who may be visiting or using the school facilities, is crucial. Survival rates from cardiac arrest remain worryingly low and having a defibrillator could make the difference between life and death. Having a defibrillator in a school will offer pupils, staff, visitors and the community a better chance of survival should a sudden cardiac arrest strike. No matter who is affected, being able to act quickly is crucial.
The staff of our school will be attending a First Aid Training Course shortly on how to use the defibrillator.