GMC Announces the Purchase of Ten AEDs
(Milledgeville, GA) March 23, 2005 – In an effort to be better prepared for cardiac emergencies, Georgia Military College has purchased ten Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which will be placed throughout the Milledgeville campus. According to GMC Head Nurse, Jane Moses, R.N., B.S.N., “We have been preparing for this for two years. More was required than just acquiring the machines; we needed people who were knowledgeable about CPR and the AED process, and also trained in how to use the machines as well as train others to use them.” Currently GMC has six CPR Instructors on campus. The AEDs will be accessible in a variety of locations therefore two people in every building will be specifically trained to be a responder for cardiac emergencies. Moses said, “The next step will be to train all faculty and staff, and our ultimate goal is for everyone on campus, including the students, to be CPR certified. To this extent, John Griffin teaches CPR to GMC 9th graders every year, and Paul Mills, GMC Athletic Trainer, teaches CPR including the AED component to college students taking the First Aid & Emergency Care course, so we are very proud of that.”
Moses further explained, “An important reason for purchasing so many of these lifesaving devices is so that an AED can be placed on each bus leaving campus with our students, as a number of locations for athletic competitions do not have immediate access to 911 services. We are fortunate to have enough AEDs to accommodate bus trips as well as all of the functions and evening activities that happen at GMC. Anyone on campus will have access should the need arise,” Moses said.
Georgia Military College has also joined Project S.A.V.E. – Sudden Cardiac Death: Awareness, Vision for Prevention, and Education for the School Community. With a mission to promote prevention of sudden cardiac death in school-age children and adolescents, Project S.A.V.E. is an initiative of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, funded by the Children\’s Miracle Network, and available at no cost to the school. Additional information about Project S.A.V.E. can be found at www.choa.org.
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