In partnership with Scott County EMS, Scott Community Foundation helped purchase 11 new (AEDs) Automated External Defibrillators.
AEDs are portable, life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a medical condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly. AEDs, when used correctly, play a vital role in the Chain of Survival. This equipment can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. New, portable AEDs enable more people to respond more quickly to a medical emergency that requires defibrillation. When a person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by 7% to 10% for each minute that passes without defibrillation. There is no doubt that AEDs save lives.
These new AEDs have been placed around the Scott Community in key locations that are prone to high traffic areas. As of January 1, the current AEDs located around the community were no longer FDA approved and all the units were in need of replacement. The new AED units are now installed and fully functional at the following locations; SCHS, SCMS, SCES, Parklane Nursing Home, Lake Scott State Park, Scott County LEC, Pence Church, Pence Community, Security State Bank, HRC Feed Yards, and Fairleigh Feed Yard.
The Scott Community Foundation is proud to partner with Scott County EMS in providing updated, life-saving, medical equipment.