FARMINGTON — When Utah State University basketball player Danny Berger collapsed during practice, use of an automated external defibrillator saved his life.
Like USU, Davis School District is prepared if a similar incident occurs in one of its schools or buildings.
More than a year ago, the district’s Risk Management Director Scott Zigich used about $300,000 of federal stimulus money to purchase AEDs for each school in the district. Currently, each elementary school has one AED in the main office. In each of the district’s 15 junior high schools, two AEDs are available. One is in the main office and the other is outside the school gymnasium.
Three AEDs are in each of the eight high schools — in the main office, outside the gymnasium and outside the auditorium. All other buildings in the district have an AED mounted in a high-traffic area.
Additionally, Zigich said, eight portable AED units will be presented to the athletic directors of each high school. These portable units can be taken onto the field during practices and games.