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BIRMINGHAM — Thirty-one Alabama schools were named “Heart Safe Schools” by Alabama LifeStart in the past year. Heart Safe Schools incorporate automated external defibrillator (AED) training into their student curricula. Each school was given a free AED device to celebrate their efforts to provide this potentially life-saving course. Alabama LifeStart also provides free classroom resources to help students, faculty and staff learn how to use an AED and respond quickly and effectively to a sudden cardiac emergency.
Those schools include:
Every public middle, junior and senior high school in the state is now equipped with at least one AED, thanks in large part to Alabama LifeStart and Children's of Alabama, with the financial support of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and others.
To date, more than 300 schools have been provided with AEDs or AED trainer units from Alabama LifeStart. At least four students’ lives have been saved as a result of the quick response of school staff and faculty using those devices.
A 2007 survey conducted with the Alabama State Department of Education identified 71 public high schools and 107 public middle schools that did not have any AEDs on campus. Brown, working with Dr. Yung Lau and Barbara Mostella of UAB, created Alabama LifeStart to address this need. A grant from Children's funded the pilot program that was conducted in the Black Belt where there was a high concentration of schools lacking the devices. Every public middle, junior and senior high school in the state is now equipped with at least one AED thanks in large part to Alabama LifeStart and Children's of Alabama.
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. More information is available at childrensal.org.