FREMONT – Today, the Fremont Public Schools Foundation presented three portable Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the Fremont High School Activities Department.
An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It’s an advanced, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
350,000 people in the United States will experience sudden cardiac arrest this year, and many of those people will be student athletes. In fact, sudden cardiac arrest is responsible for 75% of deaths of student athletes. Sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes is usually caused by a structural or electrical disorder of the heart that many students, and their parents, are unaware of. With prompt CPR and AED treatment, followed by professional medical intervention, the affected individual usually survives the episode. Without CPR and AED treatment, suddent cardiac arrest is usually fatal.
The FPS Foundation purchased these AEDs with student safety in mind. The new AEDs will be used for off-campus events such as football games, track meets and tennis meets. Each Fremont Public School campus is also equipped with their own AED systems.
Learn more about athletic sudden cardiac arrest in this video from the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and their Anyone Can Save a Life campaign: