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AED’s Granted Help Save Lives

October 7, 2016

AED’s Increase Survival Substantially

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 .

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