MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Prior to the varsity boy's basketball game at Berkeley High School December 14, Trident Health System donated a portable Automated External Defibrillator to the school.
The need for the device was spotlighted on August 27, when Berkeley High alumnus Gene Cribb went into cardiac arrest in the stands of a Stags football game. THS employees Angela Holten and Deb Locklear, were nearby and saved Gene's life by performing CPR. The school now has a portable AED available to assist instances like this.
This portable electronic device automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.