Just a few weeks ago after a high school basketball game, one of the referees suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Thanks to some quick thinking from the school’s athletic director and someone from the opposing team, the referee’s life was saved. When they witnessed the referee go down, they immediately retrieved the AED from the hallway.
| An AED, or an automated external defibrillator, is a device that delivers a shock to restore normal heart rhythm.
“Activities Director Justin Putz commented, “It was pretty shocking to have an official go down…There’s no doubt the early AED and CPR usage saved his life.”
After seeing firsthand how an AED saved a man’s life, the school district made sure to replace the used AED pads and is buying a few more defibrillators to place in key areas around campus.
AEDs retail for approximately $1500.00. The school will cover the cost of purchasing additional devices.