Statement form Anne Jolly, MBE, Founder of SADS UK
The SADS UK Big Shock Campaign to make defibrillators mandatory in all schools reached over 25 million people. I met with the Dept for Education in February 2014 and subsequently advice was sent to schools advising them of the lifesaving potential of defibrillators and recommendations to make them part of their first aid kit. SADS UK was also involved in the Dept for Education publication ‘Automated External Defibrillators, (AEDs) a guide for schools.
As a charity that has been placing defibrillators and urging for them to be made widely available we fully support the Second Reading of the Defibrillator Bill, to make it mandatory for all schools and sports clubs to have defibrillators on site. The reading of the Bill takes place in Parliament, on 10th September 2021.
SADS UK works with schools and the ambulance service and has installed thousands of defibrillators in schools and communities around the country, together with providing CPR and defibrillator training. You will find defibrillators in SADS UK cabinets in many communities; outside schools, chemists, churches, libraries, council offices, etc.
Due to the early use of CPR and the defibrillator, footballers Fabrice Muamba and Christian Eriksen survived cardiac arrest; this has helped raise awareness of the need for defibrillators to be made readily available to enable early resuscitation and save lives.
East of England Ambulance Service Paramedic recently said : Over the collective working years of all our medics we have dealt with far too many cases of young preventable cardiac deaths. But over the last few years we are aware of the difference we are having and the amount of lives being saved has increased dramatically. Along with the improvements in our equipment, advanced specialist training and our hard-working staff, is the education of the general public in how and what to do in the event of an emergency. SADS UK have been working hard since 1998 to educate, prevent sudden cardiac death and provide lifesaving equipment such as public defibrillators which helps sustain life until we arrive and provide the specialist care. Their work has been invaluable and we believe they are partly the reason so many lives have been saved”