Thanks to an out-of-state donation, Providence High School has its
own automated external defibrillator for emergency use.
Faculty and staff will receive training in its use, and students
enrolled in the school’s medical program will have the opportunity to
see the machine demonstrated.
The defibrillator was donated by Medtronic USA, Inc, a medical
technology company in Redmond, Wash. The machine was procured for the
high school with the help of Larry Dickson, system director of
materials management for the Sisters of Providence, based in Seattle.
According to the American Heart Assn., for each minute that passes
after the onset of cardiac arrest, the chance of survival decreases
by 10%. However, survival rates can be improved by 30% or more if
defibrillation occurs within the first few minutes after a victim