In Indiana, 1 person in 20 suffering from sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital will survive. Today’s post is courtesy of Ericka Bethel, Clarian West Marketing Communications and Public Relations department.
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States killing 250,000 people each year.
Monday afternoon, Josh Halon, Director of Cardiovascular Services at Clarian West presented the AED to Joy McCall, Day Nursery Center Director.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is the only measure that can help reverse sudden cardiac arrest if performed immediately.
“Clarian West’s donation of the AED to thIS organization is about saving lives and represents our continued commitment to improve the health and quality of life for the members of our community. Through my personal and professional experiences I have witnessed how this technology can make the difference between life & death. I am proud to be apart of this initiative in the community for Clarian West and my dream would be to see an AED installed in every public place,” Halon said
Last month was Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month and in an effort to increase sudden cardiac arrest awareness and reduce the number of deaths resulting from it in Hendricks County, Clarian West Medical Center presented two neighboring not-for-profit organizations with battery-operated AEDs. Sheltering Wings in Danville received the other device.
Clarian West is also providing hands-on training to all employees of the Day Nursery Hendricks County Early Care and Education Center in Avon and is offering the latest guidelines and techniques, in AED utilization.
According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation an individual has an estimated survival rate of five percent when an AED is not available. However, defibrillation within three minutes increases the chance of survival 70 percent.
For more information, please contact Ericka Bethel, Clarian West Marketing Communications and Public Relations at (317) 217-3897.