January 30, 2023

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest brought new attention to automated external defibrillators. Many schools have one, but now some are making sure they know how to use it.



AILSA CHANG, HOST:

Ever since Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed in the middle of an NFL game, automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, have been in the spotlight. After an AED helped save Hamlin’s life on national TV, there’s new urgency to get them in more places, especially schools, and to test them out. Blake Farmer of member station WPLN in Nashville reports.

BLAKE FARMER, BYLINE: A handful of states already require public schools to have an. And here in Tennessee, they’re also supposed to conduct a drill each year, though the rule is not enforced. Nashville’s Shwab Elementary has had an AED on the wall for years, but this drill is a first.

CHERYL BOWMAN: The response team is needed in the hallway outside of the gym.

FARMER: Principal Cheryl Bowman tells everyone else over the intercom to shelter in place. If this were a real sudden cardiac arrest, they don’t want young kids to see it all go down or get in the way of the paramedics. A dummy lies face down on the tile floor. A teacher sprints down the hallway and arrives within 30 seconds to start CPR compressions. Another teacher bolts up a flight of stairs from the office, toting the dictionary-sized AED and boots it up.

AUTOMATED VOICE: Begin by removing all clothing from the patient.

FARMER: This battery-powered device can shock a heart back to life, and it tells you precisely what to do.

AUTOMATED VOICE: Place pad exactly as shown in the picture. Press firmly to patient’s bare skin.

FARMER: In the moment, there’s some question about whether to use the adult pads or the child size. Word from the instructor is whichever’s faster. Speed is key, and the machine won’t hurt a patient. It senses if they need a shock or not.

AUTOMATED VOICE: No one should touch the patient. Shock advised.

FARMER: Teachers continue trading off with chest compressions as they wait for help to arrive. And the drill winds down after just 5 minutes.

ANGEL CARTER: Guys, good job. How do you feel?

FARMER: Nurse Angel Carter is here from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to help conduct the school’s inaugural drill. She helps school districts throughout the region draw up AED response plans. This team gave the first shock in time to be very effective.

CARTER: We’ve got 3 to 5 minutes to provide a good response. And paramedics rarely can be somewhere in 3 to 5 minutes. So it’s up to us to take care of that person.

FARMER: All month, Carter says she’s been fielding 20 emails a day, many from school administrators newly interested in setting up a drill. Nationwide, roughly 1 in 70 high schools a year will have a sudden cardiac arrest, according to a Washington University study. They’re usually related to athletic events. But the AED used recently as millions watched an NFL game has increased awareness far more than any study, says Dr. English Flack. She’s a regional medical director for Project ADAM, named for a teenager in Wisconsin who collapsed and died.

ENGLISH FLACK: The beautiful outcome of their response for Damar Hamlin is that his life was not only saved, but the awareness that it’s created is going to just multiply exponentially.

FARMER: Since 1999, the nonprofit says AEDs at its partner sites, mostly schools, have saved more than 200 lives. Most states still don’t require AEDs in schools. In Virginia, State Senator Jeremy McPike is renewing his proposal for a mandate. He says students in Virginia are already supposed to learn CPR and how to use an AED.

JEREMY MCPIKE: All that is already on the books except for the key ingredient, the most lifesaving ingredient, which is the AED.

FARMER: Even where AEDs are required, there’s more to learn. At Shwab Elementary in Nashville, the drill reveals their machine probably needs to be stored on the second floor, where most students and teachers are during the day, putting an AED that much closer to the lives it may be used to save. For NPR News, I’m Blake Farmer in Nashville.

Copyright © 2023 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by an NPR contractor. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.

TikTok Coins Mod Tutorial How to get Free Unlimited Coins on iOS & Android New 2023 !!!
حصريا شحن عملات تيك توك مجانا من الهاتف tiktok coins free 2023
tiktok free coins hack . tiktok coins free . tiktok unlimited coins 2023 . ios & android
TikTok Coins Free – How to Get Unlimited Free TikTok Coins iOS & Android
how to get 1 million tiktok coins | Hack Tiktok Coins
tiktok-coins-hack-tiktok-coins
mastercoinbb
mastercoinbb
حصريا شحن عملات تيك توك مجانا من الهاتف tiktok coins free 2023
TikTok Coins Free – How I’ve Got 500,000 Free Tik Tok Coins Tutorial 2023 [iOS & Android]
3 Methods to Get TikTok Coins for Free FAST & EASY!
TikTok Coins Free 2023 With This TikTok Coins Hack 2023 TUTORIAL (iOS & Android)
3 Methods to Get TikTok Coins for Free FAST & EASY!
TikTok Coins Free – How I’ve Got 500,000 Free Tik Tok Coins Tutorial 2023 [iOS & Android]
شحن عملات تيك توك مجانا من الهاتف tiktok coins free 2023
TikTok Coins Free – How I’ve Got 500,000 Free Tik Tok Coins Tutorial 2023 [iOS & Android]
TikTok Coins Free 2023 – How to Get Free Tik Tok Coins in TikTok Coins Hack
TikTok Coins Free 2023 – How to Get Free Tik Tok Coins in TikTok Coins Hack
how to get 1 million tiktok coins | Hack Tiktok Coins
mastercoinbb
mastercoinbb
free stumble guys gems generator without human verification
TikTok Coins Free – How I’ve Got 500,000 Free Tik Tok Coins Tutorial 2023 [iOS & Android]
Tiktok Coins Free – I HAVE 203,400 Tik Tok Coins & This is How! No Verification [iOS|Android]
How to get free coins in tiktok 2023 (Secret revealed?)
3 Methods to Get TikTok Coins for Free FAST & EASY!
Free Tiktok Coins – New Tiktok Free Coins Glitch is HERE! (ITS THE BEST ONE) *2023*
How I get Free Tik Tok Coins – 32000 Tik Tok Coins for Free 2023 (iOS & Android)
حصريا شحن عملات تيك توك مجانا من الهاتف tiktok coins free 2023
TikTok Coins Hack 2023 iOSAndroid – TikTok Coins Free 2023 / TikTok Unlimited Coins 2023

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *