Saturday, January 07, 2006

Defibrillators donated to 28 county schools

From the Georgetown Times

A private donor has supplied the Georgetown County School District with 28 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

About 7,000 children lose their lives every year due to sudden cardiac arrest, said Dick Wright, president of AED Headquarters. Student athletes are just one example of people susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest. If a ball hits a student in the right spot at the right time in the cardiac cycle, sudden cardiac arrest may follow. People with congenital heart defects are also at-risk.

However, the outcome of sudden cardiac arrest is not necessarily death. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can restart the heart and save lives.
A training session for school personnel on the proper use of the defibrillators was held Wednesday at the J.B. Beck Administrative Building. The training included teams from each of the district’s schools.


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