D-20 puts AEDs in all schools: Staff to receive training on how to use devices

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Academy School District 20 is thinking with their hearts. The welfare of their students is of the utmost importance therefore there will soon be automated external defibrillators in all their schools.

If they haven't received them already they will be anytime now. All elementary and middle schools will each have one AED and all high schools will have two. D-20 Chief of Security Larry Borland said the defibrillators will be placed in a public area where access to them is convenient. The second defibrillator in the high school will be for the athletic trainers to take out on the field during athletic activities.

“We felt that the AEDs were important to have,” Borland said.

AEDs are small portable devices that can treat cardiac arrhythmias by giving an electrical shock to help it return the heart to a normal rhythm.

“For certain kinds of arrhythmias it can be the difference between life and death,” Borland said.

AED's are often found in public places such as restaurants, airplanes, stadiums, shopping centers, fitness centers, theme parks and schools.

Borland said there will be training for staff members on how to use the AEDs.

“We hope we never have to use them,” he added.

The cost of the defibrillators is approximately $65,000 to $70,000. The money to purchase them came from the general fund. Borland helps to have all the schools equipped with the AEDs by Oct. 31.

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