Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) – securing value for schools

22 July 2015

Schools looking for the best deal when purchasing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) may be interested in the arrangements put in place by the DfE working in partnership with the Department of Health. To make AEDs more affordable, devices are purchased in bulk and the discounts achieved are passed onto schools in the form of a significantly reduced unit price. All devices offered under these arrangements must meet a minimum specification, developed in collaboration with key stakeholders and designed with the needs of schools in mind to ensure quality and value for money.

Full details of how to purchase AEDs under these arrangements are provided in DfE’s AED guide for schools.

These arrangements are open across the UK to:

  • maintained schools

  • academies

  • independent schools

  • further education colleges

  • maintained and independent nursery schools

  • pre-school establishments

  • private, voluntary and independent nurseries

  • playgroups

  • holiday and out-of-school providers

They are also open to organisations purchasing on behalf of such establishments.

AEDs are now relatively inexpensive and are designed to be used in conjunction with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques when someone suffers a cardiac arrest. They are safe and simple to operate – even without specific prior training – and can help to save lives. Research suggests that an individual’s chance of surviving following the onset of a cardiac arrest decreases by 7–10 per cent for every minute of delay in commencing treatment, so having a defibrillator on hand can make a decisive difference.