corinneandAEDAs a parent, we all want the same things for our children. And the top concern for every parent is always their child’s well-being. Even with proper heart screenings using an EKG, your child could still be at risk.

Since routine physicals for healthy students don’t include an EKG, we started providing free Community Heart Screenings to allow for early detection of heart defects. But even with proper testing, 40% of heart defects still remain undetected. And with Sudden Cardiac Arrest being the leading cause of death in student athletes, claiming a victim every 3 days in the United States, we had to do more.

Patrice Appold Accepting AEDsAfter years of advocating for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed in our schools, Mission Accomplished! Because of our devotion and persistence to Keep Young Hearts Beating, we are pleased to announce that as of the 2014/2015 school year, all Kern High Schools will be equipped with easily accessible Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), and all school personnel will be trained in CPR and proper AED use.

www.bakersfieldnow.com: Kern High School District campuses outfitted with AEDs

Bakersfield Californian: KHSD ready to consider AEDs-on its campuses

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