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08/03/2012

Medstar Announces AED Mini-Grant Program

Medstar Ambulance, a non-profit ambulance company serving communities and health-care facilities in Macomb and Wayne counties, announced today that it will provide ten $500 mini-grants to local school, churches, and other organizations in the Medstar service area for the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs.)

Medstar has advocated Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) since 2010.   According to the American Heart Association, PAD is a concerted effort to make AEDs available in public and/or private places where large numbers of people gather or where people who are at high risk for heart attacks live.   The AHA also supports placing AEDs in targeted public areas such as sports arenas, gated communities, office complexes, doctor's offices, shopping malls, etc.  Medstar supplied AEDs to each unit of government that it serves, for placement in the civic offices or other designated gathering areas.

The automated external defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device that check a person’s heart rhythm, and recognizes a rhythm that requires a shock.  The device then delivers instructions to rescuers, and automatically delivers the appropriate shock. The AED uses voice prompts, lights and text messages to tell the rescuer the steps to take. AEDs are very accurate and easy to use. With a few hours of training, anyone can learn to operate an AED safely.

Medstar CEO Kolby Miller said that when the idea of the mini-grants was presented to Medstar’s Board of Directors, they gave a quick green light to the idea.  “As a non-profit organization, one of the operating tenets of Medstar is to use our resources to improve health care for the patients, communities, and facilities that we serve.  Being that our board of directors is made up of local health care and community leaders, they immediately recognized the AED mini-grant program is a great way to provide a benefit to the communities while increase the presence of critical tools in preventing cardiac arrest deaths.”

 Miller points to King County, Washington, as a community that has an active PAD program, as well as a high number of citizens trained in CPR as the origin of the Medstar program.  “King County has a 45% survival rate for witnessed out of hospital cardiac arrests, while the rest of the country is well below 5%.  The difference between King County and the rest of the country is CPR and AEDs. Making AEDs available, hosting CPR courses at our facility and throughout our service area, combined with insuring the highest level of training and equipment for our crews are the most effective way for Medstar to contribute to improving cardiac arrest survival.”

The grant application is available through the "Download Related File" link below.

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