Albert City Truesdale School is now equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and there are 10 staff members who have been trained to use the equipment as well as learning CPR.
More and more schools, especially in the rural setting, are purchasing AEDs which could prove to be lifesavers in emergency situations.
While the fire department is located across the street from the school, and they have an AED, and the members are well-trained, it is gratifying knowing that the equipment is located in the school and can be put to use nearly immediately. In a small town, where the members of the rescue squad and fire department are volunteers and have other jobs, their response time could be a detriment if someone goes into cardiac arrest.
School Nurse Julie Olson pointed out that the AC-T facility has over 100 students, 30-plus staff members and that it is used greatly by the community. Not only will the students benefit, but everyone using the facility.
The 10 staff members who volunteered to take part in the training will receive additional training to keep up on the techniques and others may be trained as well.
The AED was purchased with dollars received from a Buena Vista County Community Foundation grant, a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health and matching funds from the district.