March 15, 2014
While most teachers in the Valley are getting ready for school to start, some teachers spent the day learning how to save lives. Automatic External Defibrillators, AEDs, give a shock to restart the heart. Teachers at Turner Ashby High school received training on how to use them.
"The first ten minutes of a sudden death heart attack are critical," said teacher at Turner Ashby High School, Bill Kyger.
The devices are popping up everywhere. Rockingham Fire and Rescue Department Leiutenant Wayne Peer said he believes the publicity surrounding AEDs is attributed to its popularity.
"No one wants to see a loved one die and because of the time factor being so important, every minute counting, every second counting, to a person's resuscitation," said Peer.
Kyger says he's actually seen one used and believes it to be as easy to use as fire extinguishers.
"A man went down in the middle of the airport, a janitor grabbed an AED board off uh a machine off of the wall it triggered an alarm, the M.S. system was automatically initiated, the janitor used it and revived the man right there. It's amazing," said Kyger.
AEDs were approved by the FDA.
Wednesday’s training was set up by the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.