sought for use by school
by Shana Haines
Platte City officials are checking into the possibility
of helping make a potential lifesaving device available
to the Platte County R-3 School District.
Gary Brown, member of the Platte City Board of Aldermen,
recently spearheaded the idea of placing a defibrillator
machine at Platte County High School. The defibrillator,
used to "shock" the heart of persons in cardiac
arrest, would be available for use by the entire school
Since the idea was generated, Platte City Police Chief
Joseph McHale has been responsible for getting prices
and investigating funding for the defibrillator.
McHale said that he has looked at two defibrillator machines
from SOS Technologies in Shawnee Mission, Kan.
The Zoll Automatic External Defibrillator Plus averages
a cost of $2,395 for each unit.
The second machine is Medtronic Lifepak CR Plus Defibrillator.
The estimated cost is $2,500 for each unit. The power
pack on the defibrillator costs between $200 to $250 and
must be replaced after each use.
Estimates on Oxygen Trauma Units have also been priced
by McHale. Cost is $450 per year with a two year agreement.
Training would also be required for the defibrillator.
Cost for a four hour class is $325.
"Right now we are looking for the resources available
to fund it," McHale said.
McHale said currently it is questionable how many defibrillators
will be purchased or which defibrillator will be purchased.
The defibrillators, according to McHale, average the
size of a laptop computer.
Defibrillators have already been purchased and are implemented
in several Kansas City area schools.
Park Hill and Leavenworth, Kan., are among the many schools
that have defibrillators.
Smithville and North Kansas City are in the process of
Platte County High School Principal Craig Robinson said
he fully supports the idea of having a defibrillator in
"I think it would be great. We have been talking
about it for awhile," Robinson said. "They have
got them now that with very little training anyone can
save a life."
The push for a defibrillator locally comes on the heels
of a basketball referee's life being saved following a
heart attack he suffered during a game at Rockhurst.