Great interest in school AED programs has developed during the past several years. Experience gained in adult AED programs documents that successful resuscitation from SCA requires more than the purchase of equipment. It requires a planned response that is designed to ensure early recognition of emergencies with early EMS activation, early CPR, and early defibrillation. These actions create the first three links in the AHA adult Chain of Survival. Although SCA is less common in children than in older adults, it is clear that survival of SCA can occur if bystanders are trained and equipped to act. There is rationale for the development of school AED programs as part of an emergency response plan for the school. Such endeavors seem to be cost effective and can and will continue to save the lives of children, adolescents, and adults.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health