Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Little Rock School District Places Automated External Defibrillators

Protection is the Key to one of the states largest school districts. The Little Rock School District recently placed 78 automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, and completed training in basic CPR for key faculty.
Senator Tracy Steele, (pictured to the left)lead sponsor of the Antony Hobbs III Act joined members of the Little Rock school district and many community leaders at a press event announcing the placement of the AEDs Monday, January 11, 2010. The new law was approved during the 2009 Legislative session. Also joining the Senator was Mr. and Mrs. Antony Hobbs, Sr., the parents of the young student that died tragically at a Park View High School Basketball game in January 2008.

This new law requires all schools districts to have on campus a defibrillator and trained school personnel in the use of the device. The Little Rock School district joins many other districts across the state with implementation of the new law. The determination of how many units a Little Rock school received was based on the physical size of the building and the school’s population. The units are strategically placed in buildings to allow a three to five minute response time. For example, Central High School, the largest school in the district, will get five AEDs, while most elementary schools will get one unit each.

Over 275 LRSD staff members have been trained in the use and care of the AEDs. Nurses, security guards, coaches and P.E. teachers began training in December. The law requires compliance by all school districts statewide by May 2011.
For a demonstration of how the AED works can be found at http://www.heartsine.com/



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