Bridgewater, NS, Canada / CKBW
Steve MacArthur
Mar 17, 2021 | 10:28 AM

All Public Schools Will Soon Have Life Saving AED's
All public schools in Nova Scotia will soon be equipped with defibrillators.

The Nova Scotia government is making a $700,000 investment to ensure every school has access to the life saving devices.

Defibrillators are used to help those in cardiac arrest. The portable electronic devices analyze the heart’s rhythm and deliver an electric shock to help it return to a more effective rhythm.

“A school building is the heart of its community, often used on evenings and weekends by a variety of organizations and people of all ages. Everyone who enters one of our schools should be confident that a life-saving defibrillator is nearby,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Derek Mombourquette. “It is my hope that the defibrillators will never have to be used, but seconds count in a cardiac emergency and having these devices available may save someone’s life.”

About 70 schools already have an AED and the money will help with the purchase of up to 350 more of the defibrillators.

Once school-based automated external defibrillators are installed, they will be added to the provincial registry which helps EHS in emergency situations.

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