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Utah high schools not required to have defibrillators
Athletics » The devices can save lives but aren’t mandatory in Utah high schools.


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Pepe helped persuade the administrators at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to make AEDs available to passengers and employees.

In the first year, the devices were used 10 times and nine lives were saved.

At a glance

Automated external defibrillators

These devices, which analyze the heart’s rhythm for any abnormalities, are about the size of a laptop computer. If necessary, a defibrillator instructs first responders how to deliver an electrical shock to the victim, which may help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

How does an AED work?

Voice prompts guide first responders. After the machine is turned on, they are instructed how to apply two electrodes to the victim’s chest. The AED monitors the heart rhythm. If a “shockable” rhythm is detected, the AED charges itself and instructs first responders to stand clear and press the shock button.

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"Everybody in NBA, NFL, baseball and hockey has them," Briggs said. "Most colleges have them, too. And the airlines have started carrying them" on flights.

Why?

Because episodes like the one at Utah State can occur every day ... at any time ... any place.

"When a Danny Berger situation happens," Briggs said, "it makes it all worthwhile — whatever the cost."




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