Defibtech, a maker of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) have teamed up for the third straight year to donate AEDs in communities with critical needs.
"With Defibtech's support, SCAA volunteers have been able to donate AEDs and use this initiative to teach community leaders about sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of access and emergency response to save lives from cardiac arrest," said Chris Chiames, SCAA executive director.
Over the past two years, the Defibtech/SCAA program provided more than 25 AEDs to local organizations across the U.S., including the following through SCAA chapters or affiliates:
- Delray Youth Vocational Charter School, Fla. (SCAA South Florida Chapter);
- St. Wenceslas Catholic Church, Iowa (SCAA Affiliate—Iowa AED Access for All);
- Chisholm School, Maine (SCAA Western Maine Affiliate—Med-Care Ambulance);
- My Father's House Lubbock, Texas (SCAA Lubbock Chapter);
- Huntington Township Recreation Park, Ohio (SCAA Northeast Ohio Chapter);
- St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, Minn. (SCAA Minnesota Affiliate—Minnesota Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor Network);
- Warehouse Athletic Facility, Wash. (SCAA Spokane Affiliate—Team Up for Sudden Cardiac Arrest);
- SonRise Equestrian Foundation, Calif. (SCAA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter);
- Fredericksburg Church Council, Va. (SCAA Fredericksburg Chapter);
- Howard Whittemore Library, Conn. (SCAA Connecticut Chapter);
- Greenville Housing Authority, S.C. (SCAA Greenville Chapter); and
- Gwinnett Fire Exploration, Ga. (SCAA Greater Atlanta Chapter).
Studies show that more than 70 percent of victims defibrillated within a minute or two after arrest survive. If defibrillation is delayed for more than 10 minutes, only 5 percent live.
The AED supplied by Defibtech is the Lifeline.