Automatic External Defibrillators
An automatic external defibrillator is a life-saving device used to restart the heart in a victim with sudden cardiac arrest. The incidence of cardiac arrest is very low in the school-age population; however, we are prepared as a community for any such event. Penn Charter has seven AEDs located throughout the school. The locations are the main office (receptionist area), the health office (main building basement), the training room (field house), the Middle School faculty room, the Kline & Specter Squash Courts at Strawbridge Field, the Kurtz Center and the mobile unit that travels with the athletic trainer during afternoon events. Key personnel, including the school nurses and the athletic trainers, have been certified in the use of the AED.
Every year, our entire 10th grade class is certified in emergency action, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of the AED machine in their health class.