This week Chadron Community Hospital & Health Services donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Chadron Area Aquatic and Wellness Center. In light of National Hospital Week and National Emergency Medical Services Week, CCH&HS felt and AED for the community pool would ensure better health care outcomes in emergency situations.
Lay rescuer AED programs increase the likelihood of early CPR and defibrillation when indicated. The earlier defibrillation occurs, the higher the survival rate after cardiac arrest. This is according to the American Heart Association whose mantra is “Life is why”.
An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the lay person, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, certified first responder, and basic life support (BLS) level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes.