The provision of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools could save lives, says Anne Jolly from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) UK.

Around 270 cardiac arrests occur in schools in the UK each year according to an American Heart Association study. In this type of emergency situation the earlier defibrillation is applied the greater the chance of survival. For every minute that passes without defibrillation the chance of survival diminishes by up to 14%.

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