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Hospital to Sponsor AED Education for the Public

October 28, 2015

Community Hospital Health Foundation recently donated automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the Knights of Columbus Hall and the Community Building at Red Willow County Fairgrounds in McCook. Presenting the AED at the Knights of Columbus Hall is Terri Shipshock, Health Foundation Director (second from right) to Bob Burns, (center). Also pictured are Jim Olson (left), Dari Olson and Tony Spilinek. A training session for the public to learn how to operate AEDs is November 12 at Community Hospital.

McCook, Nebraska—The public is invited to an educational session sponsored by Community Hospital to learn how to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED). The program is Thursday, November 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Community Hospital Prairie View conference rooms. Instructor is Marc Harpham, McCook Fire Chief. The training includes a time of Q&A and hands-on training. A light snack will be provided.

Recently, two AEDs were purchased by the Community Hospital Health Foundation and delivered to the Knights of Columbus Hall and the Community Building at Red Willow County Fairgrounds in McCook. In the past few years, the Health Foundation has purchased and delivered AEDs in twelve other locations in the region.

An AED is a device used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart. Built-in computers assess the patient’s heart rhythm, judge whether defibrillation is needed, and then administer a shock if needed. Audible and/or visual prompts guide the user through the process.

AEDs save lives. They can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest and are easy to use. The public is encouraged to attend the training. “With a few hours of training, anyone can learn to operate an AED safely,” Harpham said. “Having more people in the community who can respond to a medical emergency by providing defibrillation will greatly increase sudden cardiac arrest survival rates.”

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