Recently, Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Absentee Shawnee Tribes made large donations to Shawnee Public Schools for the purpose of purchasing Automated External Defibrillators. Oklahoma is one of the leaders in AED awareness, with thanks to the efforts of Sen Susan Paddack, who pushed for Oklahoma AED legislation in the memory of two young boys who died during sports events at school, the Zachary Eckles and Luke Davis Automated External Defibrillators in Schools Act, passed in 2008.
According to La Rita Haffey R.N. MSN.ed,District Nurse Health Coordinator, providing AED’s in our school district can more than double a victim’s chance of survival with early defibrillation. Only half of sudden cardiac arrest victims will initially need a shock, but all require high-quality CPR. The Zoll AEDs we purchased will guide rescuers in performing high-quality CPR and will deliver a shock if needed. The technology of this AED provides real-time feedback on rate and depth of chest compressions and supports rescuers with integrated text, voice, and visual prompts until EMS arrives. Having the AED’s ensures the safety of not only the students but staff and visitors.
With the gracious donations we purchased 23 AED’s to cover 11 locations throughout the district. Installation of the units will begin next week. All Shawnee Public School staff will be trained on the use of the AEDs at the beginning of the 2018 – 2019 school year.
We cannot thank Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Absentee Shawnee Tribes for their generous donation to the Shawnee Public School District!
Shawnee News-Star Article available here.