Save a Life, Public Access Defibrillators - matching grant funds to assist non-profit, educational, and municipal organizations with the purchase and placement of Automated External Defibrillators.
Between 300,000 and 400,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest in a non-hospital environment every year and for each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced by about 10%.
A defibrillator is a small, lightweight device that allows quick-thinking citizens and co-workers to treat sudden cardiac arrest by delivering a shock to the victim's chest, ideally re-starting his or her heart. There is no danger of harming a patient who might not need defibrillation because an AED diagnoses dangerous heart rhythms and responds accordingly. AEDs are user friendly and even "talk" the user through the process.