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Defibrillators save lives

Defibrillators save lives

Monday, January 23, 2006

Hospital news

For more information, contact: Larry Blanc

St. Anthony Hospital is again this year offering many organizations the on-site Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) along with the necessary training to use the equipment, which can help treat sudden cardiac arrest. The funding to purchase the AED's came from the Hospital's annual Festival of Trees fundraiser held in December.

An on-site AED can help treat cardiac arrest quickly. The American Heart Association advises that for best results defibrillation should occur within three to five minutes of a heart attack. For every minute that defibrillation is delayed, there is a 10 percent decrease in the chance of survival, AHA officials cite.

For placement consideration, organizations should include a contact name and phone number, the nature of the need for an AED, people to be served and number of staff or volunteers who will need training. Send information to St. Anthony Hospital Foundation, Attn: June Mohrland. For questions or more information call 541.278.3218.