Archive for Thursday, October 18, 2007

De Soto High School gets automated external defibrillator

October 18, 2007

Athletes, spectators and referees have something new to protect their safety at De Soto High School.

The school recently received a grant for about $1,500 from Olathe Medical Center to purchase an automatic external defibrillator. The device is used to restart the heart in the event of a cardiac arrest.

De Soto High School athletic trainer Steve Hawkins said he was really interested in getting the second defibrillator because it would be more accessible than the one in the building during the fall and spring sports seasons.

"I saw the need for it because the only time there is one present out there is during varsity football games," Hawkins said.

The new defibrillator will be located in the field house where it will be more accessible, thereby saving precious minutes when someone's life is in danger.

"If we don't have one out there, things can get kind of dicey," Hawkins said.

So, Hawkins applied for a grant from the Olathe Medical Center Foundation to fund the purchase of an additional defibrillator, and the school received the grant last month.

The defibrillator can be used by anyone because there are simple pictures and it is voice prompted, Hawkins said.

Hawkins said he hoped the new defibrillator was never used, but in case there is an incident, he said it is great insurance.

"A couple years ago at Rockhurst, the day they got theirs, they had an official go down," he said.

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