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Does your School Have an AED?

More than 15,000 children pass away each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The primary cause of sudden cardiac death in children typically roots from a genetic disease that may have gone undetected in a normal healthy child.

The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that 20,000 to 100,000 SCA deaths could be prevented each year if an automated external defibrillation (AED) was readily available.

"The AHA recommends that schools have an AED, however there is no specific funding source for them. There are over 1700 schools in Colorado, many of them do have AED's, but there are still a lot of schools without defibrillators." said cardiologist, Dr. Kathryn Collins.

With Sudden Cardiac Arrest as the leading cause of death in the United States, having an AED defibrillator in your workplace, school, fitness gym, church or home is more likely to save a life than any of the other safety devices you already own such as a fire extinguisher and smoke detector.

Defibrillation within the first minute of sudden cardiac arrest can save the lives of up to 90% of its victims. However, with each minute of delay until defibrillation, the survival rate drops by 10%.

Watch how you can do your part and get an AED in a school near you.

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