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January 10th

Little Rock Schools to Get AEDs

LITTLE ROCK—The state’s largest school district is placing defibrillators at each of its 47 campuses. The Little Rock School District announced today it plans to place 82 of the devices, at least one at each school, depending on student population.

Tiffany Hoffman, spokeswoman for the 25,000-student district, said
the defibrillators were purchase recently for $114,000 and more than
275 LRSD staff members have been trained in how to use them — a minimum
of three and up to 12 staff members on each campus.

Last year, the Legislature approved a bill to put defibrillators in
every public school in the state, funded by $1 million from proceeds of
a tobacco tax hike.

However, the funding was eliminated when Gov. Mike Beebe reduced the current fiscal year’s budget by $100 million in the fall.

January 7th

SCA Foundation Announces First Virtual Affiliate

Phoenix, Arizona – The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation announced today the first virtual affiliate of its National Survivor Network™ at the National Association of EMS Physicians annual conference. The affiliate will help to localize global awareness efforts and mobilize advocates to extend the Foundation’s mission.

January 3rd

Defibrillators Disappear from Two Columbus, OH, Hospitals

COLUMBUS–Two Ohio hospitals are reporting a rash of thefts of lifesaving defibrillators. Five of the devices were stolen from the Ohio State University
Medical Center in recent weeks, and police reports indicate at least
four more have been taken from Riverside Methodist Hospital, also in

Defibrillators use electrical shocks to correct abnormal heart beats
that could be deadly. Hospital officials say the ones that were stolen
cost $10,000 or more.

None has been recovered, and Columbus police are puzzled. Lt.
Michael Woods of the burglary squad says a defibrillator is not
something a thief could easily sell, such as a laptop computer.

The hospitals say they have other defibrillators, so patient care has not been affected.

SOURCE: The Columbia Dispatch and Associated Press

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