As the Nurse Coordinator and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Coordinator for Harford County Public Schools, I want to thank and commend the team who responded to our emergency at C. Milton Wright High School. Members of the community, school team and athletic department and police departments exemplified the team approach that is outlined in the American Heart Association guidelines. All members of the response team were an essential link to the success of this intervention. Thank you to:
Khalid Mitchell for calling 911 and activating the emergency response team;
Joe Davis for retrieving the AED from outside of the gymnasium;
Marvin Evans and Gary Simpson for administering CPR;
Marvin Evans for applying the AED pads;
Trooper Davies for activating the shock button when prompted by the AED;
Gary Wasielewski and Ralph Faber for helping to clear the gymnasium;
Harford County sheriffs for directing the ambulance to the gymnasium;
The parents and audience at CMW for the calm and caring manner they exited the gymnasium;
Our school nurses who check the AEDs weekly to assure they are operational; and
Our CPR/AED teachers throughout the county who teach us how to save a life.
We are fortunate to have an AED in every school building. We also require all of our physical education teachers, coaches and nurses to be certified in CPR/AED. If you are interested in learning this lifesaving skill, please enroll in a CPR class in the community. Consider calling Harford Community College (www.harford.edu /443-412-2376), Upper Chesapeake Health Link (www.uchs.org /410-515-0044) or Harford Public Schools - Debbie King, lead CPR teacher (firstname.lastname@example.org /410-638-3804).
Mary Nasuta, RN, MS, NCSN