District 15 State Senator Regina Barrow, along with the Louisiana Orthopaedic Association and the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association, will present Glen Oaks High School officials with an automated external defibrillator (AED) during special ceremonies at the flooded school’s temporary location.
The cooperative endeavor is an effort to prepare the school to respond to medical emergencies like the one that tragically took the life of 17 year old Shannon Veal in 2008. The Glen Oaks student athlete collapsed and died during a basketball playoff game
When used promptly, AED’s can save the life of someone who suffers sudden cardiac arrest. Every year millions around the world die from sudden cardiac arrest which can happen to anyone regardless of age or physical fitness. There are no symptoms prior to collapse.
“Ensuring the safety and well-being of our children is of the utmost importance,” Sen. Barrow said. “I am so grateful for this partnership with the Louisiana Orthopaedic Association and the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association to be able to provide lifesaving equipment that could prevent a tragic loss.”
Sen. Barrow co-authored House Bill 123 by Rep. Vincent Pierre during the 2016 Regular Session which requires high schools to have an AED and the trained personnel to use it. All schools should have the medical equipment in place by January 1, 2018, if funds are available.
The AED provided to Glen Oaks High School is courtesy of the Louisiana Orthopaedic Association and the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association. The groups partnered with the Lord Wedgwood Charity to help raise funds to provide AED’s to schools that cannot afford them. To kick off the effort, the charity donated three of the devices to Louisiana.
As the charity notes, “The best chance of survival from the most common causes of sudden cardiac arrest is defibrillation from an AED within the first few minutes of collapse. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, survival decreases by 7 to 10 percent
Sudden student deaths inspire AED donation at Holy Family School. First AED’s donated on Nov. 3, 2016 by Lord Wedgwood Charity and ASMI.
KATC News segment on AEDdonated to Holy Family Schools
Louisiana House of Represenatives
Oct. 26, 2016 • Contact: Mike Hasten (225) 342-9795
Rep. Pierre to present AED to school where student died
What: Press conference and presentation of life-saving device
When: 9 a.m. Nov. 3
Where: Holy Family School, 200 St. John Street, Lafayette
See full release at :Facebook/LordwedgwoodCharity
Louisiana House Bill HB123
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Louisiana AED Laws
A licensed physician or advanced practice registered nurse who is authorized to prescribe must be involved in the possessor’s program to ensure compliance with the requirements for training, emergency medical service (EMS) notification, and maintenance. Any clinical use of the AED must be reported to the licensed physician or advanced practice registered nurse involved in the possessor’s program.
Expected AED users regularly, on the premises of a particular entity, such as a work site, must receive appropriate training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and in the use of an AED by the American Heart Association or by any other nationally recognized course in CPR and AED use.
Any person or entity which possesses an AED shall notify the bureau of emergency medical services in the office of public health of the Department of Health and Hospitals and a local provider of emergency medical services, such as 911 service, local ambulance service, or the fire department of the acquisition, location, and type of AED.
Any person or entity who possesses an AED shall ensure that the AED is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.