AED’s Save Lives

NEWS RELEASE
March 9, 2011
Be Red Cross Ready
AED’s Save Lives
Springfield, MO – The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross would like to remind everyone about the importance and advantages of having an AED (automated external defibrillator) on site.  Frequently we are stunned when we here about the sudden loss of someone such as the 16 year-old basketball player from Michigan and the 17 year-old rugby player from Colorado.
In cardiac arrest, every minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival decreases by 10%.  Defibrillation within three minutes increases the chance of survival by 70%.  Local EMS services typically cannot respond that quickly. 
It is well recognized that AED’s save lives and in many places Federal and State Good Samaritan laws protect you from liability when AED’s are used is a good faith effort to save a person from death. 
Please contact Faith Koppes, Director of Health and Safety for the Greater Ozarks Chapter, for more information on how you can implement an AED program in your church, school or workplace.  She may be reached at 832-9500, ext. 106 or toll free 866-206-0256. 
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
  
Joann Moore
Public Relations/Fundraising
American Red Cross
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield, MO  65803
417-832-9500, ext. 107
Fax 417-866-3649

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