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Kansas, Missouri lack requirements for life-saving AEDs in schools

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KCTV5 News is looking into the lack of requirements for life-saving AED machines in your child’s school.

The requirements for each state vary, but overall, show a lack of regulation in the devices that save lives. Missouri and Kansas have no requirements. Both states, however, are not alone.

Only 17 states require AEDs be installed in the place you send your kids every day. Health departments and school boards in our viewing area say since states do not require it, there is no state funding set aside for the devices. Therefore, it falls on the school to provide the device.

At Staley High School in the North Kansas City School District, the board and administrators chose to install four AED devices. They are thankful they did after a scary incident in August.

“You prepare for the worst, but hope for the best,” health services coordinator Dana Fifer said.

Fifer was thankful for that preparation after Trae Robinson, a senior visiting from a Cape Girardeau High School, collapsed during a tournament.

“He was going for a rebound and he just collapsed,” Staley High School athletic director Jason Fowler.

“The only thing I remember was scoring and then I don't remember there was another whole 40-45 seconds that I played that I guess I just blacked out," the 18-year-old student explained.

Fowler was at the tournament and described it as a moment of panic. Thankfully, due to training, he and his staff knew what to do. There was a nurse in the stands who came to the court to help.

“They called for an AED. I grabbed the AED, gave it to the nurses they shocked him and he came back to,” Fowler said.

“It prevented a catastrophic event and now this child is healthy and doing well,” Fifer said.

She explained she has no doubt in her mind that Robinson would have died if it weren’t for the AED machine.

Each week, the AEDs are tested by the school’s registered nurses on staff.

KCTV5 asked Fifer if she believes there should be state oversight and requirements for such devices.

“I guess there’s always a concern, but I do feel like others in our region do have a program so everyone recognizes there’s an importance to have these," she said.

"It's a miracle I'm still here," Trae added. "I can't imagine being somebody else and watching that happen. It would scare me for a while and it's life-changing."

Some schools check every day, some check every week, and others every month.

North Kansas City School District made the decision to check their devices once a week, which goes above the requirement of once a month set by the AED provider they use.

North Kansas City: Has AED's in all schools. They are tested once a week by registered nurses on staff.

Smithville: Has AED's in schools and are "tested regularly." Staff receives annual training. 

Bonner Springs: Has AED's in schools. They are tested regularly by school nurses. 

KCK: AED's are in schools. Security performs manual AED checks once every two weeks.

KCMO: Did not respond to KCTV5's request for the status of AED's in schools. We will continue to ask the requirements and update when we hear back. 

Liberty: Has AED's in schools. Checks them by school nurses monthly. 

Shawnee Mission: Every building has at least 1 AED machine and they are checked monthly 

Raytown: Has AED's in schools, checked Weekly by School Nurses. Receive training every other year.

Lee's Summit: Has AED's in all schools, checks them daily. 

Independence: Did not return KCTV5's request for the status of AED's in Schools. We will continue to ask and update once we hear back. 

Olathe: Did not return KCTV5's request for the status of AED's in Schools. We will continue to ask and update once we hear back. 

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