Lifesaver for school

By Cobram Courier

Cobram Anglican Grammar School has taken further steps to improve student and staff safety by buying a defibrillator.
The defibrillator is in the administration area of the school for emergency situations.
Acting principal Brad Downie said the decision to install a defibrillator was an easy one.
‘‘We are certainly very aware of the need to be trained up in first aid and the defibrillator is really just an extension of that,’’ he said.
‘‘We are always looking for ways to improve the safety of our students and staff.’’
Teaching and support staff at the school recently completed annual first aid training and a CPR update with St John’s Ambulance instructors. 
During the presentation, trainers spoke of potential lifesaving outcomes when a defibrillator was used in emergency situations.
The importance of having quick and convenient access to a defibrillator, especially in a school environment, was highlighted.
According to St John’s Ambulance, every minute a person waits for defibrillation, the chance of survival drops by 10 per cent, giving lifesaving treatment a window of 10 minutes to be administered.
Business manager and OHS co-ordinator Narelle Schreenan was thrilled with the purchase.
‘‘This is a critically important piece of first aid infrastructure,’’ she said.
‘‘The importance of this acquisition within the context of its potential lifesaving capabilities cannot be overstated.’’