1:46pm Tuesday 29th April 2014 in Letters
THE “JACK’S Appeal” campaign in memory of teenage Jack Thomas to place a heart defibrillator in every secondary school is obviously very emotional and I offer my sincere condolences to Jack’s family and friends. But how to use these machines and just as important, WHEN?
Chest pains don’t necessarily mean heart problems, and if a school nurse wasn’t available a well-meaning staff member could make a wrong diagnosis, use the apparatus and cause even more harm; equally the machine could have been lying on a shelf unused for a long time, gathering dust and developed a fault.
The campaigners’ intentions are very laudable, but in our ever-present compensation culture, encouraging a partly-trained “Joe public” to operate sophisticated medical equipment needs careful thought and consideration.
Mr A. Greenhalgh Ross Street Newport
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