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Heart advocates donate lifesaving device
REGION -– Recognizing the need for improved emergency response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in our community, Med-Care Ambulance the Western Maine Affiliate of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) is donating an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Forest Hills School in Jackman, Maine. An official dedication ceremony took place on June 6, at their location to mark National CPR/AED Awareness Week.
“SCA is a major public health crisis that is not well understood by most Americans. It kills more Americans each year than breast cancer, lung cancer and HIV/AIDS combined, and sadly the national survival rate of SCA has remained a low five percent for the last 30 years,” said Lisa A. Levine, CAE, president, SCAA. “Awareness of SCA and bystander assistance is crucial to increasing survival, and I applaud our chapters for participating in “donated 2011” to reverse three decades worth of heart-wrenching statistics.”
“The only way to survive SCA is through CPR and shocks administered from an AED,” said Laurieann Milligan, director of Western Maine Affiliate. “More AEDs in more locations make Maine communities safer and residents more prepared to intervene during cardiac emergencies.”
Denise Plante is taking an innovative approach within her community by implementing an AED loaner program with the unit. The intentions will be for individuals and community leaders could “borrow” the unit for a special event to be proactive should an SCA events occur. Visit the web site for more information www. SAD12.com
In all, over 25 AEDs will be deployed to nonprofit organizations across the country through SCAA’s “donated 2011” program, in which device manufacturers Cardiac Science, Defibtech and Zoll have partnered with the Association in donating AEDs to raise awareness.
SCA is the nation’s leading cause of death, killing nearly 300,000 Americans each year. It is an electrical disruption of the heart’s natural rhythm and is not the same as a heart attack. Advances in medical technology and treatment could eliminate at least 40 percent of sudden cardiac arrest deaths, yet the current survival rate is still only at 5 percent.