AED Plus Used to Treat Two Students at Evergreen High

Evergreen Public School 

April 8, 2013 - Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Washington, has two AED Plus® automated external defibrillator units in the school and another near the football field, and they need them. Two students collapsed at the campus this school year, and an AED Plus was used to treat each of them. A senior suffered cardiac arrest in February, and a middle school student collapsed outside the school in the fall. Both students have recovered, and the senior, a female who required three shocks before a pulse could be restored, now has an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD).

School nurse Debbie Fowler and Dean of Students Marshall Pendleton have both used the AED Plus, and both said that they appreciated the feedback the device provided while they were doing CPR, instructing them to “Push harder.” Pendleton says that in May all Evergreen High seniors will learn to perform CPR and how to use an AED.

All schools in the Evergreen Public Schools District now have at least one AED, thanks to the Quinn Driscoll Foundation. Quinn, a 13-year-old middle school student in the district died in 2009 from sudden cardiac arrest while running during P.E. class. His family has established this foundation in his name, with a mission of getting more kids screened for underlying cardiac issues, educating people about sudden cardiac arrest, and providing grants for AEDs.

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