Each school has a student that suffers from congenital heart problems, and having AEDs on site could mean saving precious time in the case of an emergency.
“The mission of this program with IU Health is to provide AEDs to help prevent sudden cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death,” said Pam Gage, Executive Director of Cardiovascular Programs at Methodist Hospital, “especially in students and athletes, which is why we want to provide these to the schools.”
According to Kathy Malone, Team Leader for IU Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, the district currently has 43 AEDs and has a goal of placing 200 in schools. All AEDs throughout the district have been generously donated by external organizations.
Since 2009 three students’ lives have been saved by an AED, most recently at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School in November.
“IU Health’s donation could mean the difference between life and death for a student or staff member,” James Russell Lowell Principal Jennifer Pearson said. “We are thrilled to be the recipient of an AED as it allows us to provide the best care for all of our James Russell Lowell family.”