Lifesaving kit for Harrogate teens

Members of Rossett's first aid team with the new defibrillator (s).
Members of Rossett's first aid team with the new defibrillator (s).

Pupils at a Harrogate school have taken delivery of a defibrillator, which can be used to treat someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

Rossett School’s student first aid team has been trained to use the kit.

In September, a defibrillator training session was run for the Year 11 first aiders, led by Peter Stead of Great North Air Ambulance.

Following the training, first aiders and student council members Mercedes Johnson and Daniel McDonald convinced pupils that the equipment was necessary.

Mercedes said: “When someone has a cardiac arrest, getting treatment within the first few minutes can be the difference between life and death.

“We have had training to use the equipment so if it does need to be used, someone will be ready and able to help a patient until an ambulance arrives.”

Awareness of the need for rapid treatment has risen since the recovery of Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in March 2012.

Muamba’s heart stopped for an hour during the FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the quick response of the pitchside medical team and help from a heart specialist who was in the crowd, ensured he recovered.

Chances of survival fall by 14 per cent every minute after a cardiac arrest.