King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) recently presented 13 Lawrence County organizations with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to enhance emergency medical care efforts in the region.
An AED is a portable device that delivers a potentially life-saving electric shock to the heart of a victim suffering from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Different from a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest makes the heart abruptly stop, causing people to collapse and quickly lose consciousness. The most effective way to revive the victim is with CPR and shock(s) from an AED - and the quicker the response, the greater the chance of survival.
In this country alone, it is estimated that more than 250,000 people die every year from SCA, and it can happen to anyone at anytime, according to the American Heart Association. More people die each year from SCA than the number that die from colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, auto accidents, AIDS, firearms and house fires combined. Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. It occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid and chaotic, which cause the heart to suddenly stop beating. A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. However, a heart attack can cause cardiac arrest.
King’s Daughters worked with Mike Boster, the local Emergency Management Agency director, to determine the most appropriate agencies to receive the AEDs. They include: Tri-State Industries Adult Workshop; Lawrence County Jobs and Family Services; Lawrence County Commissioners Office; Lawrence County Jail; Ironton City Center; Lawrence County Sheriff; Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department; Decatur Township Volunteer Fire Department; Elizabeth Township Volunteer Fire Department; Aid Township Volunteer Fire Department; Windsor Township Volunteer Fire Department; Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department; Ironton Fire Department.
KDMC’s initiative is designed to improve public access to AEDs, first responders such as police and fire departments, and places with large crowds.
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