When a seemingly healthy 12-year-old girl suddenly collapsed at school, students rushed to find a teacher for help. As teachers arrived on the scene, they found the little girl’s heart had stopped, and she was starting to turn blue. With CPR and the help of an AED defibrillator device, the teachers were able to stabilize the victim until first responders arrived to airlift her to a nearby hospital.
A previously undetected heart condition was identified at the hospital, and doctors performed surgery to implant a pace maker in the child. It was nothing short of a miracle that this little girl was able to make a full recovery. In fact, the odds of a child surviving a scenario like this are less than 3%. Fortunately for her and her family, the school requires AED devices, and had trained staff that reacted quickly and correctly.
Why AED’s in Schools Are Important
Without the AED device, this little girl still may have lived, but studies show the odds of her surviving were greatly increased by having an AED to aid in CPR. Across the country, the debate of requiring AEDs in school and other public facilities continues. People are concerned that an improperly used AED could do more harm than good. We’re big fans of the AED device, and feel like these devices have far more potential to do good than harm. Not everyone knows how to use a fire extinguisher (it’s harder than you might think), but this doesn’t mean we should ban fire extinguishers from public buildings.
As long as your facility has a staff trained on the proper use of an AED, hopefully someone will be able to come to the rescue if a child or adult comes under the unfortunate circumstances of sudden cardiac arrest.
Why CPR and AED Training is Important
Sadly, in many instances when a child collapses from sudden cardiac arrest, no one knows what to do. The more people that know how to administer CPR, the more lives our community will be able to save. This may hit closer to home than you think, because the odds are that the life you save will likely be someone you know. For schools and other public spaces, training of staff, teachers, and volunteers is vital. The more adults that know how to perform CPR and use an AED, the more likely they’ll know how to react correctly and quickly in a real-life emergency situation. Training your staff could mean the difference between life and death, as it did for young Kylee.
Watch Kylee’s CPR/AED Rescue
You can watch the full story of how Kylee’s life was saved by these two heroic teachers in this video from the Today Show:
Apps that Are Saving Lives
Advances in technology are also helping to save more lives in our communities. An app called PulsePoint sends out an alert to CPR-certified people nearby the scene of an emergency. In fact one baby’s life was saved in Spokane, Washington as a direct result of the PulsePoint app. But, this isn’t the only app/tech that hopes to aid in helping save victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Prototypes of a drone that locates and delivers AED devices are being tested in Germany. People that witness someone going into cardiac arrest can call the defibrillator drone the same way one might call an Uber car; however, the person calling the AED drone still needs to know how to use the device. As advances in technology march on, we look forward to seeing new and creative ways people will find to save lives around the world.
This app has already been responsible for saving lives, and is almost as fascinating as a app being tested in Paris that delivers an AED device via a small drone