Finally, I have a great article from EMSWorld.com on how getting more AEDs into communities is starting to make all of our jobs a whole lot easier. In the article Illinois basketball coaches used an elementary school’s AED to revive an eighth grade boy who went into cardiac arrest during a practice in the school’s gym.
Quick Thinking, CPR and AEDs Save Lives
When the boy collapsed, the two coaches recognized the problem and leapt into action. One started CPR while the other called 911 and got the school’s AED from the wall mount nearby. The device indicated a shock was needed and they administered a shock and converted the boy’s heart into a normal rhythm.
The boy soon regained consciousness and was taken to the hospital, sore from the CPR but alive thanks to the quick thinking of his coaches and the foresight of a State legislature and school system that thought to put AEDs in all school buildings. Under Illinois state law, any school building with physical fitness facilities must have an AED and at least one member of the staff trained to use it. They also provided matching grants to help with the purchase of the new equipment.
That law saved this boy’s life. We are seeing more AEDs in “the wild” all around us and that’s a good thing. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) survival rates are starting to edge upward nationwide. Some systems are doing better than others but overall the trend is going in the right direction. Still we could do more.
AEDs Should Be Part of Building Codes
I think that AEDs should be installed in any public building or business just like overhead sprinkler systems have been mandated to prevent deaths from fires. How do we get this initiative in place? We need to become activists to get AEDs in the community.
Some places are putting AEDs on garbage trucks and in cable installer’s vans in an effort to put them closer to potential patients during the daytime. That kind of thinking outside of the box is going to save lives over time.
What can you come up with to add AEDs to your community? I want to hear from you so shoot me a comment on this article and let me know your thoughts! I look forward to hearing from you on this topic, too!
Follow up on the links to this news item and all the other articles and resources in this week’s episode show notes – Understanding Flu, RSV Viruses and Episode 424.