Wake County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff, along with Wake County Commission Chairman Paul Coble, announced this morning a major campaign aimed at helping citizens survive cardiac arrests. The Wake EMS 100 Day Heart Safe Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Campaign, which runs from Monday, May 14, through Friday, August 24, 2012, is designed to increase the availability of public access AEDs in the community.
“Today’s announcement is a crucial step in improving cardiac arrest survival rates,” said Wake County Chairman Paul Coble. “We encourage the business community to take advantage of this life-saving campaign.”
Wake County has partnered with local AED vendors to provide purchase incentives to businesses and groups participating in the campaign. Once purchasers register their device, the information is provided to the Raleigh-Wake and Cary 9-1-1 Centers so that dispatchers can quickly locate the unit and assist with the operation of the AED during emergencies.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. and strikes more than 350,000 people a year, according to the American Heart Association. AEDs, along with Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), provide an immediate and essential link that may be the difference between life and death.
One of the speakers at today’s kickoff was Mecklenburg County State Representative Becky Carney, who survived cardiac arrest in 2009. Carney credits the quick response of staff who used an AED to help stabilize her until Wake County paramedics arrived.
For more information about the Wake EMS 100 Day Heart Safe AED Campaign, visit www.wakegov.com/ems.