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All Schools Getting New Safety Devices
Parkway schools are acquiring additional tools this year to improve their readiness for emergencies--med sleds and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). All buildings received med sleds this fall and are scheduled to have AEDs by the end of the school year.
Med sleds are simple devices that can help in situations requiring quick evacuation of students and staff. They enable individuals to transport non-ambulatory persons in any situation—even down a stairwell of a multi-floor building. The device allows the use of a 'roll and drag' method, which does not require heavy lifting and makes size immaterial. For example, a 120-pound person can effectively transport a 250-pound person with relative ease.
Training to use the new device should be complete by winter break.
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and is able to treat them through defibrillation. Defibrillation is the application of electrical therapy which allows the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.
AEDs are designed to be simple for the layperson to use, and AED training is included in all first aid and life support CPR classes.