District schools across Philadelphia will soon be equipped with life-saving AEDs thanks to combined efforts from the state and Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.
14 years ago, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association donated 70 Automated External Defibrillators to the high schools of Philadelphia in an effort to protect students from the 2nd leading cause of death amongst young people in the US.
Since then, more donations have provided middle schools with the life-saving device, with an additional push from the state providing more than 100 AEDs for elementary schools to help achieve the goal of having an AED in all 220 district schools by July 2017.
This accomplishment has been a victory for AED advocate Rachel Moyer who sadly lost her son to cardiac arrest in the year 2000.
“My son walked off the court at halftime after playing basketball,” she said. “And he collapsed in the locker room.”
Philadelphia’s Executive Director of Health, Safety and Physical Education Bettyann Creighton said; “The first thing everybody says when we provide an AED to a building is; ‘What about the training?’”
Principals gathered together at school headquarters to get acquainted with the live-saving units, which are the only definitive treatment against sudden cardiac arrest.
The district is continuing to seek donations through The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia to replace aging AEDs to ensure all places of education are equipped to respond effectively in the event of a cardiac arrest.
Currently, cardiac arrest is the number 1 cause of death on school campuses in young adults. It is because of this that AED accessibility is vital for increasing chances of survival against this condition of which no one is immune.
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