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Nursery in Daybrook unveils their new life-saving defibrillator

A life saving defibrillator has been installed inside a nursery in Daybrook

The emergency device – used to give a high energy electric shock to the heart to someone in cardiac arrest – is now available for use at Busy Bees nursery on Sir John Robinson Way.

The automated external defibrillator (AED) has been installed as part of the nursery’s commitment to safeguard children, staff, parents and visitors in the event of a cardiac arrest.

To mark Family Safety Week (April 1 to 5) staff and parents at Busy Bees were joined by first aid trainers following the installation of the AED. Training sessions were delivered to staff, demonstrating how to use the AED and deliver CPR.

Karen Bird, head of first aid at BB Training, which ran the CPR workshop in the nursery, said: “Every year in the UK there are 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests, with a survival rate of fewer than 1 in 10.

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PICTURED: (l to r) Gemma Shephard, nursery assistant manager; Lexie Attwood, who attends nursery; Danielle Attwood, parent; Charlie Attwood, who attends nursery and Diane Clowes, who is third in charge

“Part of this devastating statistic is that 270 children pass away from a sudden cardiac arrest. Installing more AEDs in nurseries, schools, businesses and public spaces, can only help to save lives and we hope other organisations will follow suit, as every minute counts when someone has a cardiac arrest.”

The nursery installed the AED as part of a nationwide campaign that has seen Busy Bees introduce more than 350 AEDs in its nurseries throughout the UK. The industry-leading scheme will help boost the survival chances of people who have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

The AED, supplied by Cardiac Science, has both adult and paediatric pads. It was specially chosen as it provides both text and voice prompts to the rescuer to enable them to remain focused during the high-pressure situation.

Anna Allen, nursery manager at Busy Bees, Daybrook  said; “Protecting and safeguarding the children in our care is our top priority and that’s why we’ve undertaken this potentially lifesaving initiative. We see it as part of our commitment to best practice and to deliver outstanding care to our children, as well as to protect staff, parents and visitors.

“Although we hope that our defibrillator never has to be used, it means that if the worst-case scenario happens, we are able to increase the survival chance of anyone who has a cardiac arrest inside or within minutes of our nursery.”

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