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  • Life and Death during CPR and AED Awareness Week

    Do you know anyone saved by CPR or due to an AED being on hand? Do you know of anyone lost because no AED was available and/or nobody on hand knew CPR?CPR-AED-BANNER

    Thousands of lives are saved each year through bystander CPR and quick action through AED use.

    Take action now during CPR and AED Awareness Week - you need not teach everyone CPR Today, but there are things you CAN do now.

  • CPR may not raise the Dead, but AEDs do - Here is living proof

    OK... So yesterday we told you CPR does not Resuscitate: But AEDs do.

    On July 31, the Fuquay family and St. John’s Firefighters came together to celebrate life and a second chance. This reunion was the result of an incident that happened nearly six months ago.

    On February 7, 2013 the Fuquay family went through the unimaginable. While preparing for a normal day, Mrs. Judy Fuquay heard a loud noise coming from the living room of her home. When she checked on the cause of the noise she found her husband Wayne lying face down on the floor. As she rolled him over “he looked like he was trying to say something to me then I saw him take his last breath” she stated during the reunion. “I

    Firefighters Canady, Stanton, and Engineer Adams with Mr. Fuquay. Original article by Jimmy Ghi in The Island Connection Firefighters Canady, Stanton, and Engineer Adams with Mr. Fuquay.
    Original article by Jimmy Ghi in The Island Connection

    called 911 then started chest compressions.” Initially, St. John’s Fire District Engine 705 and Charleston County EMS were dispatched to the home on Johns Island for a fall. While units responded to the incident, information was updated by Charleston County Dispatch that the person was unconscious and possibly not breathing. Engine 705 arrived on the scene finding a male lying on the floor of the home. They quickly assessed the patient, determining the patient did not have a pulse and was not breathing. While two Engine 705 crew members continued the CPR that Mrs. Fuquay initiated, a third crew member set up the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). The AED pads were placed on the patient, the AED advised to administer a “shock”. The crew administered the shock then continued CPR. After one minute of CPR the AED advised a second shock, this shock converted the patient’s heart to a survivable rhythm and the patient regained a pulse. Charleston County EMS arrived and took over patient care. Engine 705’s crew then assisted EMS and supplied a driver for the ambulance. The patient was transported to a local hospital.
    Today Mr. Fuquay shows no signs of the event that took place this past February.

    Speaking with him at the reunion, he stated that he did not remember the incident and he has no recollection of the first two days he was in the hospital. This week he is heading to Florida for a fishing trip with family members. Although he is looking forward to the fishing trip, Mr. Fuquay can’t wait to start driving again. The American Heart Association recommends cardiac arrest survivors wait at least six months before driving, according to my conversation with Mrs. Fuquay.

    An AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) is a medical device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm. If necessary the AED provides an electrical shock, called defibrillation, which helps the re-establish an effective heart rhythm. For every minute that defibrillation is delayed the chance of survival decreases 10 percent. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest.

    AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) should be in every school, every business, and every public place - but people haven't clued in to the fact that they aren't enormous, scary expensive hospital devices. These are simple-to-use, efficient lifesaving devices that instruct the user. While CPR & AED training certainly makes their use more efficacious, it is not necessarily required as the devices walk the rescuer through the process with audio and visual instructions.

    More than ever, too, AEDs are easy to obtain, and funding is available even to private businesses and individuals (not just organizations) to obtain them.

    Consider the National AED Grant program at - they provide funding assistance for getting AEDS. Their program is described as -

    An AED in every Home…
    An AED in every Business…
    An AED in every Public Place…

    Our Goal: An AED wherever tragedy may strike. ~
    Providing Funding to Empower America in Deploying these Critical Lifesaving Devices...

  • Saving a Life is as Simple as A-E-D

    Modern medical technology has given ordinary people the ability to save a life in the case of a cardiac emergency. Dr. Marie Pasinski writes for the Huffington Post about automated external defibrillators, or AEDs for short, and their many benefits. She gives us a thrilling account of a how an AED can be the difference between life and death in some situations.


  • AED used to save man's life


    Apply for an AED Grant - available funds for Schools, Organizations, Businesses and even Individuals to deploy these lifesaving devices!

    They aren't required to use them, but one local health club did and ended up saving a man's life.

    Midtown Athletic Club used an automatic external defibrillator, also known as an AED. State law requires New York health clubs to have them, but a new ruling says employees aren't required to use them. But one man is glad they did. He almost died after going into cardiac arrest on a treadmill Tuesday. That AED was used to jump start his heart.

    Read more at News 10NBC

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