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NAMPA, Idaho – St. Luke’s Health System is donating five automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, to local organizations including three that will go to the Nampa School District.
The three donated AEDs will go to the Skyview, Nampa and Columbia High Schools. In addition St. Luke’s is also donating one AED to the Nampa Salvation Army and one to the Boy Scout Camp in McCall. Funding for the AEDs, which cost $1,800 each was made possible by a grant from the St. Luke’s Auxiliary.
At Noon on Thursday, April 25 representatives from St. Luke’s Heart will present one of the AEDs to Dan McGee, athletic director at Skyview High School. Media is invited to attend the event, which will be held near the front office at Skyview High School, 1303 E. Greenhurst Rd.
In addition to the presentation,there will be a demonstration on how to properly use the AED. Skyview intends to make its AED available during athletic practices and events.
Having access to an AED is critical in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. According to the American Heart Association, there were more than 380,000 sudden cardiac arrests outside of hospitals in 2012. Many of the sudden cardiac arrests occur with individuals who have no symptoms of heart disease or other risk factors.
Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood to the rest of the body. It is fatal within minutes without immediate treatment. While CPR cannot restart the heart and can keep blood and oxygen moving through a victim’s body until help arrives, surviving cardiac arrest requires shocking the heart with an AED to return the heart to a healthier rythmm.
Every second counts in sudden cardiac arrests. One third to one half of all sudden cardiac arrests victims who are shocked in five minutes or less with an AED are successfully resuscitated. Reducing the time it takes to shock a victim by even one minute can be the difference between life and death.
Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.
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