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Golds Gym Donates Defibrillators to Schools

Gold’s Gym in Crofton is the latest local business I’ve discovered to reach out and do something entirely above and beyond the call of duty for people in our local community.

Thanks to Gold’s Gym, Meade Heights Elementary near Fort Meade, Nantucket Elementary in the Crofton/Gambrills area, and Seven Oaks Elementary in Odenton now have automated external defibrillators (AED).  Since their partnership began with Anne Arundel County schools in 2007, Gold’s Gym has provided defibrillators to six other local schools, as well:  Crofton Elementary, Crofton Woods Elementary, Crofton Meadows Elementary, and Crofton Middle, plus Four Seasons Elementary in Gambrills and Piney Orchard Elementary in Odenton.

According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration, an AED is a portable automatic device used to restore normal heart rhythm to patients in cardiac arrest.  It is applied outside the body, where it automatically analyzes the patient’s heart rhythm and advises the rescuer whether or not a shock is needed to restore a normal heart beat.

Cardiac arrest is a condition that can be fatal if not treated within a few minutes. For more information on when an AED is used, how it works, what it will accomplish, and the risks, visit the FDA website.

County high schools and middle schools have the devices, as required by state law, and the Baltimore Sun reported last month that all remaining schools are expected to have them by next fall.

Many thanks to Gold’s Gym in Crofton for caring about the students, staff and visitors to Crofton area schools.  If I ever decide to exercise more, as I should, I promise to come check out your facilities!  You’re the kind of local business I want to support!

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