The City of Monroe City received a generous donation on October 7 from MIRMA. The donation will help make the city swimming pool safer by providing funds to purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED). Monroe City Ambulance District Administrator Blair Joiner explained the increased benefit of having an AED at the pool, stating, “Having an AED readily available at the Monroe City Public Pool is going to be one of the greatest purchases by the City of Monroe City. AEDs are essential to public safety. They are a vital key in the Chain of Survival. AEDs onsite at the Monroe City Public Pool will save treatment time in the event of cardiac emergencies.”
MIRMA Loss Control Consultant Jeff Arp presented the donation of $1,124.25 at the City Council meeting. Arp stated, “The funds were made possible through a Risk Management Grant.”
AED’s help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. Sudden cardiac arrest is among the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, more than 350,000 people will suffer a cardiac arrest this year. Currently, the only way to restore a regular heart rhythm during cardiac arrest is to use an AED.
The average response time for first responders once 911 is called is 8-12 minutes, and for each minute defibrillation is delayed, the odds of survival are reduced by approximately 10 percent, having access to an AED and knowing how to use one, is critical.
“It has been proven to improve survival odds when readily available and activated before the arrival of Emergency Medical Services. AEDs are small portable devices that deliver an electric shock to a person’s heart to stop an abnormal electrical impulse, thus allowing the heart to return to a normal beating rhythm. AEDs in combination with quality CPR give the greatest chances at survival,” said Joiner.