Heartland Cardiology, LLC is donating AED’s (Automated External Defibrillator) to churches within the Wichita community. Heartland physicians and staff will demonstrate proper use and technique of the device to parishioners in the event someone is showing signs of cardiac arrest (heart attack).
On May 22nd, Dr. Bakdash and his staff at Heartland Cardiology donated an AED to Gracepoint Church. Dr. Bakdash stated the importance of our community being trained and understanding what to do when a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest.
Many cardiac arrest conditions can be reversed with the immediate delivery of a defibrillation shock from an AED quickly accessed by the public. Follow-up care provided by responding Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agents and ambulance transport of the patient to a hospital are critical components.
The benefit of the AED is that is features Real CPR Help, a CPR feedback tool that is able to actually see what you are doing and provide feedback to help you do it well. Audio and visual prompts help you rescue with confidence. It will not allow an electrical shock to be delivered if the device does not detect the proper cardiac arrest condition.
“Impressive results have been reported with survival rates as high as 74% with fast response times often possible when an AED is nearby in a complementary location”.2
Anyone can safely use an AED even the untrained layperson or an emergency first aider who, witnesses a cardiac arrest, or who are nearby and can respond more quickly than the ambulance service. The minutes saved are crucial and this strategy has been responsible for saving many lives.
It is very important to call 911 if you notice someone experiencing symptoms of cardiac arrest.
For further information or to schedule an appointment, please call 316-686-5300.
The information provided in this post credit the following:
1. American Red Cross: “Learn about Automated External Defibrillators”
2. St. John Ambulance: https://www.stjohnsupplies.co.uk/downloads/FAQs_defibrillators.pdf