20 western schools to get defibrillators

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An emergency defibrillator is shown.

Twenty schools in the western region will be receiving automated external defibrillators over the coming weeks.

The west coast schools are among the more than 40 in the province that will be provided with the defibrillators through the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Program — Schools, which was announced last week.

The Heart and Stoke Foundations’ program is an initiative that brings together community partners such as Vale, the Resource Development Trades Council and the provincial government in an effort to make schools safe and responsive to the needs of the community.

In this first phase of the program, defibrillators will go to schools where a student, staff member, or both, have an identified pre-existing heart condition.

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will not reveal the locations.

“The program is run by the foundation and there are some outstanding concerns about giving school lists as it may lead to identifying individuals who have health concerns,” said an email from the district.

The district said that individuals in the recipient schools will undergo training on the use of the defibrillators in the coming weeks.

Organizations: Heart and Stroke Foundation, Resource Development Trades Council

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  • Fred
    March 05, 2014 - 16:55

    It is so important to clearly identify the locations of the units in the building; training is a must as George pointed out in the previous post. No point in having units in a facility when no one knows where they are located too. Batteries and contact pads have to be checked for expiry dates and of course the more people that know how to use the units the more prepared we are. I congratulate the Heart and Stroke Foundation for playing such a proactive role in the safety of our younger generation.

  • Ryan
    March 05, 2014 - 16:35

    Just another thing for teachers to be expected to deal with but not get time for proper training. Government would be better of training teachers in First Aid.

  • george p b
    March 05, 2014 - 13:44

    automated external defibrillators are almost foolproof, and required training should take a few hours.....However, they are not maintenance free--batteries need to be checked, for instance. Also occasional practice drills... so that when that big moment arrives, the AED team functions properly versus running around looking for the instructions.....