Two lives saved with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Maine have led the state legislature to consider a bill that would add CPR and AED training to the state’s high school graduation requirements. State Representative Anne Graham introduced the bill in the current legislative session.
MWTW.com reports that Graham was inspired to introduce the AED bill after an AED rescue in her district. When a man in the audience collapsed from cardiac arrest during a play at Greely High School, in Cumberland, Maine, the man’s grandson, Luke Wilcox, was able to locate the schools AED. He then worked with a nurse to use the AED to restart the victim’s heart. Wilcox had recently been trained in AED use through his school health class.
Schools in the region are already sold on AEDs. In the town of Falmouth, a man who collapsed while playing basketball in a school gym was rescued by another player who grabbed a nearby AED and used it successfully, even though he’d never been trained.
Contact Maine AED Specialist Dennis Wright for more information.
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