GREENFIELD — Iowa Heart Foundation is donating an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to the Adair County Health System Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department to provide a safer environment to all who use the facility.
Dr. Shakuntala Advani, Iowa Heart Center cardiologist and member of Iowa Heart Foundation, presented Jan Morgan, RN, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department manager, with the device April 3 at Adair County Health System.
Since cardiac arrest can strike anywhere, anytime, one of the best defenses is to make sure the community is supplied with life-saving technology and is trained in its use. AEDs are state-of-the-art devices that when used in conjunction with effective CPR, assist in the resuscitation of a sudden cardiac arrest victim. AEDs do not require extensive medical knowledge to understand or operate. The expertise is programmed into the device, enabling non-medical individuals to respond to cardiac emergencies.
“With every passing minute in sudden cardiac arrest, the chance of surviving decreases by about 10 percent,” Advani said. “Increased access to AEDs can save dozens of lives each year in our community.”
For more information about the Iowa Heart Foundation AED placement program, call 515-633-3555.