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School Nurse Uses AED To Save Janitor's Life

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  Original Published: 4/7/2013

  A school nurse in Salem, New Hampshire helped save the life of a janitor who collapsed in her office.

  She credits a special device that is now standard equipment in Salem schools.

  Sudan Roantree has the story.

  It's becoming more common to see one of these in local schools.

  And, at Walter Haigh Elementary School in Salem, they learned the value of having an automated external defibrillator on hand.

  "Our custodian came to my - was coming to my office- I saw him, and he wasn't feeling good and he kind of grabbed onto the recess cart, and I knew he was in trouble," said school nurse Tara Hayes.

Hayes immediately asked someone to call 9-1-1 and then got the attention of some nearby teachers.

  "So, I asked for help to get him to the ground, got the AED. He started to lose consciousness. I used the AED. That didn't work, I had to use CPR and use the AED again, and that revived him," Hayes said.

Paramedics were there within four minutes.

  "Upon our arrival, he was somewhat conscious, and he did have a heartbeat and was breathing on his own," said Salem Fire Department Assistant Chief Paul Parisi.
 
  All Salem schools have one, if not two AED's.
 
  Both Parisi and Hayes believe after the incident, all public places should have one on hand.

  "It's actually very idiot-proof," Hayes said.

  "And then you'll see on here it actually shows you a picture of a body."
"Even if you are not trained in how to use an AED, the beauty of an AED is that anybody can use it," Parisi said.

  While paramedics credit Hayes for saving the 62-year-old custodian's life, Hayes credits the AED.

  "It worked. It saved his life. It was a miracle, you know, but it was the miracle of modern medicine," she said.

   
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