21st June 2019
Busy Bees launches major life-saving initiative
Busy Bees has launched a life-saving initiative to safeguard more than 50,000 children, staff, parents and visitors in its care, in more than 350 nurseries across the UK.
As part of an industry-leading scheme to help boost the survival chances of people who have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest Busy Bees has installed more than 350 automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
"To our knowledge there has been no initiative on this scale in the childcare sector before," says, Shaun Ingram, Managing Director of Cardiac Science UK, which supplied the devices. "Sadly, each year in the UK around 270 children pass away from a sudden cardiac arrest (SCR) . That’s why this campaign by Busy Bees is so important and we hope this inspires schools, businesses and organisations to make the same commitment, so as a country we can strive to bring these numbers down."
When someone is having a cardiac arrest, for every minute that passes without medical intervention their chances of survival are reduced by 7-10 %. However, when an AED is used their chance of survival can increase up to 75%.
Mr Ingram continues: "Every Busy Bees nursery in the UK are now within minutes of an AED – there’s not many other organisations within this sector that can say the same. Children, staff, parents and people in close proximity will all benefit from this installation as it comes with both adult and paediatric pads."
To mark the installation of these devices, first aid trainers from BB Training are completing a nationwide roadshow visiting 43 Busy Bees nurseries over the course of the week, teaching lifesaving skills to staff and parents and raising awareness of CPR.
Emily Brimson, Head of Compliance at Busy Bees who is leading the initiative, said: "Protecting and safeguarding all the children in our care is our top priority and that's why we've undertaken this potentially lifesaving initiative. We see it as part of our commitment to best practice and to deliver outstanding care to all our children, as well as protecting staff, parents and visitors.
"Although we hope that none of our defibrillators ever have to be used, it means that if the worst-case scenario happens, we are able to increase the survival chance of anyone who has a cardiac arrest in close proximity to our AEDs. What’s more, 999 operators are able to direct rescuers to these life-saving devices.
"We hope that this investment will help raise awareness of the importance of AEDs and CPR, as well as inspire not just other nursery providers, but schools, businesses and organisations to make similar investments so as a country we can help to save more lives."