SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- A grant offered by Sacred Heart helps schools implement public access defibrillation programs.
The project is called Adam in remembrance of a high school student from Wisconsin who collapsed and died while playing basketball.
East Valley High School got an AED, or an Automated External Defibrillator as part of the grant. The device administers a shock to a person experiencing heart problems.
“When you do need to use it, it goes off and it kind of alerts people, and you grab the unit,” said Joe Kostecka, athletic director at East Valley. “It’s an insurance policy you hope you never have to use.”
East Valley did have to use their AED when a student experienced medical problems.
“It was a scary situation where we didn’t know what was really going on,” said math teacher Ryan Seidel. “We suspected some kind of cardiac issue.”
Seidel had training as an EMT and applied to AED pads to the student while somebody called 911.
“The AED said that a shock was advised and we ended up having to shock the student. It’s that worst-case scenario that I would never expect to happen in my normal math class,” Seidel said. “But it did and we had the tools there to deal with the situation, and had a great outcome for the student.”
Washington Governor Jay Inslee also signed a bill last month requiring all high school students get CPR training before they graduation.