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06/10/2018

Elba Baseball AED donation marks 50th AED provided by Medstar!

The Elba Baseball and Softball Association (EBSA) was the recipient of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) donated by Medstar on Saturday. 

The AED is the 50th such device that has been donated throughout Medstar’s service area, including eight in Lapeer County.  “Providing AEDs and CPR training throughout our service area is the best way to improve chances for cardiac arrest survival,” said Jeremy Compau, Medstar’s Lapeer Operations Supervisor. 

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device that checks a person’s heart rhythm, and recognizes lethal dysrhythmias.  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 with a few hours of training, anyone can learn to safely operate an AED.

Compau, who is also the Deerfield Township Fire Department Assistant Chief, referenced the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Public Access Defibrillation program, which is 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, physicians offices, shopping centers, etc.

EBSA Board Member Alicia Rosebush, an RN at McLaren Lapeer Region, said “We are extremely grateful for Medstar’s community AED program.  Seconds count in a cardiac arrest, and because of Medstar, we know that we are much more prepared for an incident if one occurs during a game or practice.”  Medstar will also be providing free CPR and AED training to the league’s coaches and interested parents, and will train a smaller group as instructors.

“The AED donation is a great example of Medstar’s commitment to Lapeer County, and it will be an asset of the baseball and softball program for years to come,” Elba Township Supervisor Mike Boskee commented.  “Hopefully, it will be the most valuable asset that they never use.”

Medstar has advocated Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) since 2010.  Since then, the agency has donated 50 AEDs and trained over 1,250 people in CPR and AED use.  “Our community CPR and AED programs operate without any public support or fees.  We recognize that the training and the devices make a difference in our communities, and have led to successful resuscitations,” said Kolby Miler, Medstar Chief Executive Officer.

“As a non-profit organization, a significant component of our mission is to use our resources to improve the health of the patients, communities, and facilities that we serve.  Our board of directors is comprised of emergency department physicians, nurses, healthcare and community leaders, and we created the AED donation program to increase the presence of critical tools and training to prevent cardiac arrest deaths. We recognize that units of government in the communities serve may face difficultly in using public funds for donations to civic, non-profit, and religious organizations for AEDs, and training, but those organizations frequently represent locations of the greatest need.”

Along with the AED donations and public information, Medstar provides free CPR training to the organizations that receive the units, while encouraging and supporting them in developing internal CPR instructors, so that additional people can be trained. 

 

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