Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Putnam School Board to Purchase 78 AEDs!

The Putnam School Board voted to to buy 78 Automated External Defibrillators at a recent meeting. An Excerpt from their newsletter:

The board on Monday night approved the use of $123,810 in MAPS for Kids fundsfor purchase of 78 automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

An AED is a portable device used to restore normal heart rhythm to patients incardiac arrest. It automatically analyzes the patient’s heart rhythm and provides a shockif one is needed to restore a normal heartbeat.

While Putnam City has 27 schools, the district is seeking to purchase 78 AEDs sothat larger schools will have several AEDs. By putting AEDs in different parts of largeschool, an AED will always be close by should it be needed. There will also beadditional AEDs that can travel with teams and groups attending off-campus events.

An Oklahoma law passed in April 2008 requires that every school have AEDs if federal funds or donations from private organizations make it possible. Whilea few district schools have received AEDS through donation, the district wishesto use MAPS for Kids funds to purchase adequate numbers of AEDs for every schoolin the district.

The AEDs will be the same brand and model so that training andreplacement of batteries and supplies can be standard throughout the district.


Jeffsdad on April 9, 2009 at 11:09 AM said...

The School Board is to be commended for it's decision. To recognize the need for multiple AEDs in larger schools shows a true understanding of the issues.

I just hope that individual schools in the District have an Emergency Action Plan in place to assure proper placement and usage of the units.



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