Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are used to revive someone from a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which usually occurs when the electrical activity of a person’s heart is disrupted in some way. This disruption can cause the heart to beat too fast or irregularly. When the normal rhythm of the heart is disrupted, it cannot pump effectively.
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Very few schools across the United States are required to have AEDs on site, but having AEDs in conjunction with trained staff can improve the survival rates of those suffering from an SCA. According to the American Heart Association, comprehensive AED programs that include CPR and AED training have achieved survival rates of almost 40%.
In 2012, the state of New Jersey passed Janet’s Law, which took effect on September 1, 2014 and requires the following:
- All Public and Private Schools to have K-12 to have an AED on site
- At least five school employees to be certified in CPR/AED
- An emergency action for a sudden cardiac event
- The AED to be located in an accessible, unlocked location with appropriate signage above the unit
- Signs throughout the school directing people to the AED
In A Heartbeat is a non-profit foundation with the mission of preventing death from sudden cardiac arrest and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In addition to funding HCM research, this organization also raises money to buy and donate AEDs.
In A Heartbeat was founded in 2015 by Mike Papale, who is a sudden cardiac arrest survivor. At the age of 17, while working at a basketball camp, Mike went into cardiac arrest. Luckily, a volunteer EMT working in the building next door saw the 9-1-1 call on his pager. He came to the scene, and performed CPR perfectly on Mike, which saved his life before an AED was available by ambulance. Mike was soon diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and had a defibrillator implanted.
In order to apply for an AED, please visit http://inaheartbeat.org/aeds/ or contact Mike via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.