By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – Alcorn County School District campuses are being provided with automated external defibrillators through a grant from the Magnolia Foundation of Magnolia Regional Health Center.
An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and, if necessary, can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
“It’s something that we’ve needed,” said Chrystee Hamilton, the district school nurse who submitted the grant application. “We have more and more kids with major health problems and heart conditions.”
The grant of $11,983 paid for purchase of seven Zoll AED-Plus defibrillators, the same model used by the hospital, Corinth Police Department and the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton said.
“It comes with everything needed and we were able to purchase extra supplies for emergency situations with the grant money,” she said.
AEDs will be placed at the Alcorn Central schools campus, Biggersville, Kossuth, Rienzi, Glendale, the Technology and Career Center, and the Central Office, where all administrative staff as well as nurses, physical education teachers and coaches will be trained, Hamilton said.
In anticipation of receiving the new AED equipment, some staff members who received CPR training recently also were trained on the AEDs, she said.