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Philips to provide defibrillators to UK schools

10th December 2014

Philips has announced that it will be working with the UK Department for Education to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to schools across the country.

The company has secured a nationwide tender to provide schools with the latest Philips HeartStart FRx AEDs, with an initial provision of 500 school-package units to made available through a public procurement framework with the NHS Supply Chain.

This state-of-the-art, intuitive system administers a charge only if required, and also offers a step-by-step interactive guide to make sure it is safe for use without the need for prior training.

Neil Mesher, managing director at Philips Healthcare, said: "Community preparedness is as important an element of healthcare as the work we do in the acute and secondary care settings, and we believe this agreement is a clear demonstration of that."

This agreement is part of a national drive to improve emergency school safety procedures, with data showing that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and undiagnosed heart conditions impact as many as 12 young people every week.

Philips is committed to tackling SCA in the community, offering distance learning materials such as videos, apps and its savelives.net information website to raise awareness of the issue.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801765266-ADNFCR

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