Today, Tri-State first responders were presented with 17 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the Pavilion, located inside the Orthopedic & Neuroscience Hospital on the Deaconess Gateway Campus.
These AEDs are being donated to the following departments by HeartSaver:
- Evansville Fire Department (1)
- Santa Claus Police (1)
- Winslow Police (1)
- Chandler City Police (1)
- Evansville Police Department (3)
- Henderson Police Department (3)
- Perry County Sheriff (3)
- Corydon Fire Department (4)
AED training was provided on-site as part of the presentation.
HeartSaver is a program of The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway and Deaconess Foundation created to reduce sudden death through placement of life-saving AEDs in the Tri-State. To date, the HeartSaver committee has raised enough money to place 465 AEDs in schools, community centers, first responder vehicles, and other large gathering places throughout the region. To date, at least 10 lives have been saved by using HeartSaver-donated AEDs.
An AED is a portable device that can send an electric shock to the heart in an attempt to restore normal heart rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Sudden cardiac arrest usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes. Using an AED on a person having SCA may save the person’s life.