Having suitable first aid equipment at the scene of a medical emergency can make a huge difference to the outcome. The right supplies can help to minimise patient suffering and it can even save lives.
For example, if people suffer cardiac arrests, the presence of defibrillators can be crucial. If such devices are available, people can often be saved.
Woman on a mission
One woman who understands the importance of products like this is Samantha Clinton. According to a report on STV Local, the 32-year-old is on a mission to make sure that every school in the UK has a defibrillator.
She has suffered from a heart condition all her life and experienced what she sees as a lucky escape from death. She has Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and at the age of 25 she went to the doctors with her heart beating at 300 beats per minute. This is far above the typical figure of between 60 and 100 beats per minute.
Defibrillators are machines that give the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest. They are portable and most people can be trained to use them.
According to STV Local, around 12 young people currently die each week as a result of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS). The survival rate is six per cent, but with a defibrillator the chance of survival rises to 74 per cent. Presently, only one in ten schools have these pieces of equipment.
The charity SADS UK has launched a petition to get a defibrillator in every UK school and Ms Clinton has joined the campaign.
She said: “Each machine we manage to get into a school will save lives. At the moment the government won’t take note of public opinion and the petitions they have signed.”
Talking about her own experiences, she added: “There are different things that trigger it for different people, like exercise. For me it seems to be triggered if I sit a certain way or have my back propped up with pillows. Every pulse in my body will be going really fast and my heart will be reeling.”
She went on to note that initially doctors didn’t diagnose her. About this, she remarked: “They kept saying ‘there’s nothing wrong with her’. I think because I was a teenager they thought I was just lazy or something. There came a point in my own head where I was thinking ‘am I imagining this?’ because they were constantly telling me there was nothing wrong with me.
“I thought it was because I was too unfit so I was forcing myself to exercise more and that was making it worse. When I think about it, it was more the psychology side of it that affected me. But I feel lucky now. I feel lucky that I’m actually still here. I think we should fight for other kids to get a chance.”
How we can help
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