Representatives from Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital attended both Bledsoe and Sequatchie County High Schools on May 12th and donated Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to each of the schools.
Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. Minutes can literally make a difference between life and death. The sooner a heart rhythm is restored the better the outcome for the patient. AEDs are a safe and easy to use system that can restore heart rhythm during a sudden cardiac arrest. Both the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association advocate for AEDs to be readily available in public areas including schools.
“When the athletic staff at Bledsoe County High School approached our LIFE FORCE team about the possibility of having an AED at the field house, we knew this was a very important request we could not pass up,” said Stephanie Boynton, CEO of Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital. “We are pleased to provide this much need equipment to both high schools. We hope that if it will ever be needed one day it will save a life in time for emergency personal to assist and transfer the patient to our emergency department.”
Both AEDs are portable and can be moved to any location for further medical assistance. It is also possible for the athletic teams to take the AEDs with them whenever they travel for their sporting events.