New defibrillators in schools saving lives

New defibrillators in schools saving lives

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by Cathy Marshall

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Posted on January 5, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 8 at 10:44 AM

VANCOUVER - It was only the second day of high school for Keilea Swearingen. Just before lunch September 1st , she collapsed in a classroom.

School nurse Debbie Fowler rushed to her side and found her turning blue. Keilea’s heart had stopped.

Fowler called for someone to bring one of two defibrillator’s kept in hallways at Evergreen High School.

“I put it on and within 16 seconds it shocked her and then it told me what to do,” said Fowler.

It took only one shock to bring Keilea back to life. “I was extremely fortunate there was one on campus,” she said of the automatic emergency defibrillator.

CPR courses now include training for using the A-E-D’s and they’re designed to be foolproof.

“If I put this on someone with a normal heart rate and they didn’t need a shock, it wouldn’t allow me to give them one,” explains Jason Royse the owner of Northwest Health & Safety Inc.

Keilea was diagnosed with a type of heart arrhythmia. She had surgery six weeks ago and a pacemaker type of device was implanted to keep her heart beating regularly.

She’s just been cleared to play basketball.

Nurse Debbie Fowler called Keila’s survival the proudest accomplishment of her 30 year career.

If you would like to register for CPR and defibrillator training click here

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