To most of us, the odds of being struck by lightning are 1 in a million. However, the actual statistic as reported by National Geographic is that there is a 1 in 3000 chance of getting struck by lightning in your life.
BSAA, the only youth baseball and softball Park in the Bellevue community, lost their AED in the 2010 flood that drenched the city of Nashville causing billions of dollars in damage. BSAA knows the importance of having an AED but did not have the funds to purchase a new one after repairing the damaged facilities.
One of our many donations in 2013, was the donation of a Philips HeartStart OnSite AED to Tender Heartbeats, an organization dedicated to placing AEDs in Utah schools. Tender Heartbeats selected Riverdale Elementary School to receive the donated AED. Read on, to hear more about why this school was selected.
Sometimes it takes a tragedy to inspire action. That seems to be the case in West Chicago where Mayor Mike Kwasman went into cardiac arrest at a local restaurant in April of 2012. CPR attempts were unsuccessful, and now the community is looking for ways to increase the number of AEDs around town.
We know that an AED greatly increases a cardiac arrest patient’s chance for survival over just CPR alone. That’s for a couple reasons. First, CPR can’t shock a heart back into rhythm, but secondly many lay rescuers may not perform CPR as thoroughly or as properly as needed. That’s why new automated CPR devices present an exciting opportunity for increased survival chances in sudden cardiac arrest patients.