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Defibrillators in Public Places Save Lives
Annually, about 250,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest. Quick action is essential in treating cardiac arrests because they may cause brain and heart damage. For each minute following a cardiac arrest, the probability of survival decreases from 7 to 10 percent. After 10 minutes, resuscitation is doubtful. This means victims require immediate treatment to restart the heart in order to survive. The best treatment for restarting the heart is defibrillation, a series of electrical shocks applied to the heart.
Chapter 119 started it's AED program over 4 years ago after viewing an AED demonstartion from the Newport News Fire Department. We recognized the value of these life saving devices and knew this was a program where we could save lives by ensuring the public ready access to AEDs. By helping to educate the public and collecting donations chapter 119 has raised sufficent funds to make three donations to our surrounding communities.
Williamsburg-James City County Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Task Force
In the spring of 2004, the Williamsburg Community Healthcare Foundation (WCHF) asked Mended Hearts to help facilitate the formation of a task force to promote public access to AEDs in the Williamsburg-James City and upper Yorktown area. The American Heart Association volunteered to lead the task force and act as the financial agent for the project. The WCHF granted the task force $50,000 to start-up the project and deploy the initial group of AEDs in the community. By May 7, 2004 the task force held it's first meeting to develop a chapter and build a program. The kickoff meeting was a great success and the program is actively working to promote PAD. For more information contact Tricia Kearns of the AHA or Bill Valvo from Mended Hearts.
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Targeting First Responders
The emergency personnel who arrive first at the scene of an emergency are called "First Responders". Typically, these are fire, medical, and police. However, park rangers, life guards, and other civic employees who are routnely among high risk populations, could come to aid of someone in need of emergency first aid. In promoting all first responders to be equipped with AEDs, our chapter hopes to see a substantial increase in the survival rate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. for the Virginia Peninsula.
Make a Donation
Mended Hearts, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a 501c(3) non-profit organization. You can be assured that 100% of your AED donations to our AED fund goes directly and completely to the purchase of AEDs to be donated to the community.
Send your tax deductable donations to the Chapter 119 Treasurer.
Join our committee
You can help! Volunteers are needed to help educate the public about effects of SCA and how AEDs can save lives. Contact the AED Chairperson to learn more.