Udgam Group of Schools Installs Automated External Defibrillators Machine in Gujarat
Leading by example, the Udgam Group of Schools has become the first in Gujarat to install an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine in the premises of Udgam School for Children, Zebar School for Children, Satellite School for Children and Bodakdev School for Children.
The initiative is part of a broader campaign to promote the usage of this life-saving technology in public spaces, particularly schools and colleges, leading the way. The school-based Automated External Defibrillator (AED) programs have demonstrated a high survival rate for individuals suffering sudden cardiac arrest in high schools in Western countries.
Highlighting the life-saving potential of AEDs, recent research shows that 38% of individuals administered with AEDs have survived and left the hospital, compared to only 9% who received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) alone. Studies show that the chances of survival fall by 10% every minute following a cardiac arrest incident.
AED technology plays an important role in saving lives. In the US, AED usage results in saving around 1,700 lives annually, and plans are in the offing to have the devices even in homes. However, despite an alarming number of sudden cardiac arrest cases, there is very little awareness about AEDs in India.
Recognizing the critical role of AEDs in responding swiftly in emergencies, Udgam School for Children has not only installed one on its premises but is also urging the authorities to urgently enact laws promoting their installation and usage across public spaces.
Emphasizing the need for increased education and public awareness to ensure the widespread adoption of AEDs, Manan Choksi, Executive Director of Udgam School for Children, said, “We need laws mandating Automated External Defibrillators in all public places, especially schools, and colleges. There is also a need for extensive training programs to ensure at least 50% of the staff is trained in CPR and AED. Attention should also be paid to increase awareness about AEDs to ensure that people do not resist its use when needed.”