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A Lack of AED’s & Safety In Schools Across America

A Lack of AED’s & Safety In Schools Across America

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Did you know that only 17 states require defibrillators in some schools? 

An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is a portable device that treats sudden cardiac arrest (the unexpected loss of heart function) by delivering a shock meant to restore a normal heart rhythm. When using an AED time is of the essence; the chances of survival decrease 10% for every minute a shock is not applied to the patient, research has shown.

Per the JACC (Journal of the American College of Cardiology), installation of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools has been associated with increased survival after sudden cardiac arrest.

Although 17 US states require the machines in some school, requirements are far from comprehensive in these 17 states.

Only 5 states offer unequivocal funding to schools for purchasing AEDs. A minority of U.S. states have legislation requiring AED placement in schools, and even fewer provide funding.

State legislatures that have not yet enacted legislation requiring AEDs in schools may look to neighboring states for examples of child and adult lifesaving law. Placement of an AED in schools should be implemented with an emergency response plan that trains staff in the recognition and response to cardiac arrest.

Research has shown that two in 50 U.S. high schools can expect a sudden cardiac arrest event each year. There’s also evidence that defibrillators in schools and colleges are associated with increased survival for sudden cardiac arrest patients, the study researchers said.

In schools with defibrillators, survival rates of students with cardiac arrests and a shockable rhythm is 64 to 72 percent, the study authors said. AEDs in schools can also benefit teachers, coaches or sporting-event spectators who may suffer cardiac arrest on school grounds, the researchers added.




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