Lifesaving Defibrillator Devices Installed In Sheldon Schools

Date posted - February 28, 2012

A lifesaving device is now available in Sheldon schools.

Called an AED or automated external defibrillator, it’s a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation. That’s the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

Matt Meendering, high school principal, and head of the Sheldon Community Schools safety committee says they can be used by almost anyone to help a student, staff member, parent, or anyone else at the school who might be experiencing an abnormal heart rhythm.
Meendering says the idea to get the AED’s came during safety meetings.

Mr. Meedering says that if they need to be used, they are very easy to use.

He says it doesn’t administer the shock unless it detects a heart rhythm that indicates the electrical therapy is needed. He says Cindy Freeman emphasized that CPR is always tried first before the AED is used.

If you would like more information or training on CPR or how to use an AED or other life saving steps, you can contact any SCAT Member.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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