AED’s Granted Help Save Lives
October 7, 2016
According to the American Heart Association, it is
recommended that all EMS first-response vehicles and ambulances be equipped
with an AED or another defibrillation device (semiautomatic or manual
defibrillator). The AHA also supports placing AEDs in targeted public areas
such as sports arenas, gated communities, office complexes, doctor's offices,
shopping malls, etc.
AEDs are important because they can restore a normal heart
rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. New, portable AEDs enable more
people to respond to a medical emergency that requires defibrillation. When a
person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by
7% to 10% for each minute that passes without defibrillation. AEDs save lives.
Most AEDs are designed for use by non-medical personnel such
as police, flight attendants, security guards, and other lay rescuers who have
been properly trained. Having more people in the community who can respond to a
medical emergency by providing defibrillation will greatly increase sudden
cardiac arrest survival rates.
The Foundation for Community Care is proud to support local
organizations through the annual Grant award process. In 2016, 4 organizations requested, and were
granted, AED’s throughout Richland County.
Fairview Schools, Richland Opportunities, Esprit Clinic, and Sidney
Gymnastics Club, joined many other local businesses and organizations who have
made the commitment to emergency care in Richland County.
AEDs are so user-friendly that untrained rescuers can generally
succeed in attaching the pads, pressing ANALYZE (if required), and delivering
shocks. Because of the wide variety of situations in which it will typically be
used, the AED is designed with multiple safeguards and warnings before any
energy is released. However, potential dangers are associated with AED use.
That's why training — including safety and maintenance — is important.
By-standers are most often asked to call 911 and get the
AED. By-standers can assemble the pocket face mask and begin providing
mouth-to-mask ventilations. Responders might provide CPR or continue
defibrillation if a workplace defibrillator is used. When EMS personnel arrive, the responding
by-standers can provide directions and help get information about the
patient. “AED”s are easy to use and save
lives. Having one available for quick action can change someone’s life during
an emergency.” States Bonny Stevens, Ambulance Director at Sidney Health Center