Biloxi School District ready to provide emergency medical services

After Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin collapsed last week on the field, the Biloxi School District made sure they are prepared if anything were to happen to one of their students.

Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest after making a tackle during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was treated on the field, including being resuscitated with a defibrillator.

Biloxi’s athletic department understands that situation can happen to anyone playing any sport. The school goes through a lot of preparations to make sure if any accident occurs, they handle it in the best way.

Every coach hired has to be CPR and first-aid certified. A class is also taught on the proper use of an AED defibrillator. The school has at least eight of them.

At campus events, a qualified trainer is also on hand. Biloxi High Athletic Director Eddie Lofton said, “We try to go above and beyond to make sure we are prepared for any of these types of situations, ya know we had people just a few weeks ago, we had somebody that was short of breath. We just always want to be on the safe side. So, we prepare our coaches for those situations. You always want to expect the worst in that way you will be prepared at any given moment.”

A personal doctor, who is the head of the training facility in Biloxi, is also on call to help if needed.

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