A Life Saver…
According to sources within the San Carlos School District, the go-ahead has been given to install Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) similar to the one above at all schools within the District. While an exact date wasn’t disclosed when they will be installed, word has it that it will be as soon as possible. At first glance, it may seem puzzling why it’s important to have a device like this at a school full of healthy kids. But you have to remember that at any given time, there are parents, grandparents and people of all ages present on our school grounds for a variety of reasons. Having a device like this within immediate reach can be the difference between life and death.
It already has for at least one San Carlos resident.
It hits home.
I was tipped to this story by a person who has a very vested interest in AED’s. Christine Boland (whose name you might recognize as our City Clerk) and her husband Pat are our neighbors and close friends in San Carlos. Earlier this year while refereeing a high school basketball game at Menlo School, Pat collapsed on the court from what was later determined to be a severe cardiac arrhythmia. This is basically an extreme disruption in the normal beating pattern of his heart, and is normally fatal if the normal heartbeat is not restored quickly. Those who responded to Pat’s side were able to save his life because Menlo School had the foresight to already have one of these life saving devices installed. According to this article in the Almanac, Pat wouldn’t be here today if not for the immediate care he received, and the fact that there was an AED at the gym.
Just in Case.
This is one of those “improvements” to our schools that I hope never has to be used. But it’s great to know that these devices will be there…just in case.
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