The City of Coppell has updated and improved the automated external defibrillator (AED) boxes in City buildings. In addition to containing an AED with step-by-step instructions, these boxes now include bleed control kits and are equipped with Narcan mist. Ensuring that the AED boxes are equipped with everything City residents and employees need to perform potentially life-saving emergency care is vital to curating a healthy and vibrant community. Providing trauma care such as tourniquets, bandages, and overdose protection like Narcan can buy time for first responders to arrive on scene.
“The Coppell Fire Department takes an all-hazards approach,” said Chief Kevin Richardson. “We aim to be prepared for any and all emergencies, and the updates to the AED boxes represent another safety measure we have in place to protect the health and safety of our community.”
AEDs are essential, easy-to-use, life saving devices. They analyze the heart’s beating rhythm, and, if necessary due to sudden cardiac arrest, they deliver an electrical shock to help the heart return to its normal rhythm.
A bleed control kit contains all the necessary items to control intense bleeding and prevent further blood loss for a victim. These kits can be identified by a sticker and contain medical gloves, various bandages, and a tourniquet.
Narcan mist is a medication that rapidly reverses the effects of opioid overdose and is the standard treatment for opioid overdose. Easy-to-read instructions for how to use this life-saving medication are included on the package.
There are AED boxes located in City-operated facilities, including Town Center, the Cozby Library and Community Center, the Biodiversity Education Center, Coppell Arts Center, The CORE, and the Andrew Brown West Concession Booth.
Download the free PulsePoint application on your phone to help you locate the nearest AED box and provide life-saving emergency care to someone in need.