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Parkway schools get new safety devices

Med Sleds
As part of Parkway’s ongoing disaster preparedness planning, this fall every Parkway school will receive “med sleds” to improve their readiness for emergency evacuations. Med sleds are simple devices that can help in situations requiring quick evacuation of students and staff.

The med sled enables 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 is planned throughout the district and should be completed by winter break. 

Automated External Defibrillators
Plans are also underway for every building to acquire an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) by the end of the school year. An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias (heart attacks) 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 lay person to use, and AED training is included in many first aid and life support CPR classes for staff.