AEDs in Schools

State AED School program

Is your school prepared if sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) strikes a student, staff member or visitor?

By having trained responders and ZOLL's automated external defibrillator devices (AEDs) onsite, you will be better equipped in the event that SCA affects a member of your school's community.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) strikes people of all ages and fitness levels, usually without warning. Many more lives can be saved if trained bystanders phone 911, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and provide defibrillation within minutes. The 2010 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines stresses the importance of high-quality CPR and the availability of an AED to help improve outcomes in a cardiac arrest. The AHA recognizes the significance of CPR chest compressions and their direct ability to increase the likelihood of a successful shock.

"There was unanimous support for increased emphasis on ensuring that rescuers deliver high-quality CPR: rescuers need to provide an adequate number and depth of compressions , allow complete chest recoil after each compression, and minimize interruptions in chest compressions."

2005 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC, Page IV-206

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ZOLL also understands the importance of CPR in a rescue. Real CPR Help® technology in our AEDs helps impact the quality of CPR by providing real-time CPR feedback for rate and depth of chest compressions. ZOLL has two options for AEDs; the AED Plus®, a full-rescue AED for infrequent rescuers and the AED Pro®, a rugged AED for professional rescuers. Both provide complete assistance to the rescuer in a sudden cardiac arrest emergency.

AEDs at School Athletic Events

In recent years, AEDs have become commonplace on athletic fields, in gymnasiums, and as standard school emergency medical equipment, helping to save many lives across the country. With more exposure to sudden cardiac arrest, schools are taking the initiative to be prepared in an emergency.

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Though, it's not only the schools who have stepped up to the plate. Recently several states have created laws mandating AED placement in schools and at all athletic events.

In New Hampshire, Matt Keene, a 17-year-old high-school student is thankful that there was an AED at his school. Following a football practice he went into cardiac arrest, and because his school had a ZOLL AED Plus, his life was saved. Matt now is a prominent figure in the Legislature, telling his story in hopes that his state will mandate AEDs in all NH schools.

To see Matt's incredible story, you can watch this 8-minute video highlighting the importance of CPR training and early defibrillation programs.

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We can help.

Call 800-804-4356 to learn more about how ZOLL can help you implement an AED program at your school. Get your free AHA AED implementation guide today.