03/28/2005

Mon County Schools to Receive Defibrillators

Quota International, WVUH to Donate 20 Devices Worth $48K

           

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Thirteen Monongalia County schools will soon become better equipped to handle medical emergencies thanks to the donation of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) by Quota International of Morgantown and West Virginia University Hospitals Division of Cardiac Services.

A special presentation of the AEDs will be held at 5 p.m., March 29, at the Marilla Park and Recreation Center in honor of the late Alan Lindamood, a former Monongalia County Magistrate and longtime Quota member. The majority of donations collected by Quota International to purchase the AEDs were in Lindamood’s honor. Quota members are still seeking $10,000 in donations to finish purchasing the AEDs, which retail for approximately $2,400 each.

As many as 7,000 children lose their lives to sudden cardiac arrest every year according to the Pediatrics Clinics of North America. Although not everyone can be saved from sudden cardiac arrest, studies show that early defibrillation can dramatically improve survival rates.

"Cardiac arrest strikes people of all ages and fitness levels, often without warning. Many of these lives could be saved if bystanders act promptly and call 911 and begin CPR, and if trained responders provide defibrillation in minutes,” said E. Wayne Cochran, director of cardiac and vascular services at WVUH. “Approximately 11 states have legislation regarding AEDs in schools. Unfortunately, West Virginia is not one of those. Several bills, however, have been introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives supporting teaching CPR in schools and implementing AED programs. This is only a small start but we are thrilled to be involved in this effort." 

All county high schools and middle schools will receive AEDs, along with elementary schools that have after-school programs. In addition, three will go to BOPARC, and the Morgantown Municipal Building, the county courthouse, magistrate court and Mylan Park will each receive one.

“This is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our children and our community,” said Robert Beto, M.D., assistant professor of cardiology at the WVU School of Medicine. 

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Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
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