Thursday, April 17, 2014

News: Martek defibrillator saves pupil's life

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The life of a 16 year old pupil was saved recently thanks to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) supplied by Rotherham-based Martek Medical through one of its distributors to a school in Romsey, Hampshire.

Mountbatten School bought the Lifeline AED just two months before the incident, which was put into action by quick thinking PE teacher Emma Denham. Emma was being observed taking a class as part of the interview process at the school when 16 year old Sam Mangoro collapsed and suffered a heart attack on the sports hall floor. His heart stopped, sending him into cardiac arrest. Ms Denham undertook CPR whilst deputy headteacher Joanna Scott raced to get the Lifeline AED.

Teaching staff at the school had been trained to use the AED and once defibrillation had been carried out, an ambulance took him to the nearest hospital where he was placed in a medically induced coma.

Sam's father Michael said: "Their actions have really given us the opportunity to hope. If the school hadn't had a defibrillator it could have been a lot different. It is incredible and we feel so fortunate for that. He was in the right place at the right time, with people who were trained to know what to do."

Ian Couldwell, product manager for Martek Medical, added: "There are a large number of schools across the country that have our Lifeline AEDs on their premises, which gives them the peace of mind that should an incident occur, they're able to deal with it.

"Defibrillation within a few minutes can help increased the chance of survival by 75 per cent. And we're delighted to hear Sam is making a steady recovery in hospital and wish him all the best in the future."

Manvers-based Martek Marine is one of the world leaders in the supply of safety and environmental monitoring systems for the shipping industry. Martek Medical specialises in lifesaving products including semi automatic external defibrillators that guide the user through the stressful experience of treating someone suffering from a SCA.

SCA is the biggest killer in the world, accounting for around 140,000 deaths in the UK alone each year. Speed of treatment is vital, as the chances of successful defibrillation decline at a rate of around 10% with each minute that passes.

Martek Medical is the official UK distributor for Defibtech LLC, a leading innovator in the field of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Martek's AEDs are being placed in schools, shopping centres, leisure centres and gyms across the country.

Sam has made an "amazing recovery" and recently returned to school.

Martek Medical website

Images: Lynda Mangoro / Twitter

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