Thought needed

First published 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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4:09pm Tue 29 Apr 14

landyman3030 says...

These machines are fool proof. easy instruction how to attach and they check for heart beat and tell you whether to shock or not. I believe the ones i have seen have a fail safe built in so if the machine says no shock you cannot then shock somebody. They are designed to be used by untrained persons. Like all equipment in any workplace or public environment everything has to be portable appliance tested every 6 or 12 months. Fire extinguishers must be checked and certified. These items would come under this remit. It is illegal to have any piece of equipment on any premises that is not tested and certified. This might be a good time to ask the question of why first aid is not a mandatory item in the education syllabus in all schools. Knowing what to do saves lives. It's not half the battle, it IS the battle. Life skills for everybody to carry.
These machines are fool proof. easy instruction how to attach and they check for heart beat and tell you whether to shock or not. I believe the ones i have seen have a fail safe built in so if the machine says no shock you cannot then shock somebody. They are designed to be used by untrained persons. Like all equipment in any workplace or public environment everything has to be portable appliance tested every 6 or 12 months. Fire extinguishers must be checked and certified. These items would come under this remit. It is illegal to have any piece of equipment on any premises that is not tested and certified. This might be a good time to ask the question of why first aid is not a mandatory item in the education syllabus in all schools. Knowing what to do saves lives. It's not half the battle, it IS the battle. Life skills for everybody to carry. landyman3030
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12:17am Wed 30 Apr 14

Wolf-J-Flywheel says...

I was dismayed to hear that the HS2 rail project has received further approval and would appear to be a done deal. For those of you who think that the £21 billion price tag is a waste of funds then copy link below for a NO vote

https://www.youtube.
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Thanks
I was dismayed to hear that the HS2 rail project has received further approval and would appear to be a done deal. For those of you who think that the £21 billion price tag is a waste of funds then copy link below for a NO vote https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=LBe4e_vg mX4 Thanks Wolf-J-Flywheel
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