The Iowa Heart Foundation partnered with James Elementary School in Ottumwa to support the placement of an automated external defibrillator (AED) at the school to provide a safer environment to all who use the facility.
Cindy Conroy, Iowa Heart Foundation Program Coordinator, presented Julia Blunt,RN with the device on Tuesday, December 12.
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 – automatic external defibrillators – 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,” says Conroy. “Increased access to AEDs can save dozens of lives each year in our community.”
The mission of the Iowa Heart Foundation is to provide community-based services and educational programs that inspire Iowans to lead a heart-healthy life. The Iowa Heart Foundation hosts the 11th Annual Run For Your Life run/walk event on Saturday, August 25 at Des Moines Water Works Park. Proceeds from this annual 10K/ 5K/2-mile run/walk support the placement of AEDs in Iowa communities. For more information visit www.iowaheartfoundation.org.