Automated External Defibrillator Program
During cardiac arrest, every second counts. If a defibrillator can be used, ideally within about three minutes, the victim has a 50-to-70-percent chance of survival. National statistics indicate that 80 percent of all cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital, and only 5 percent of those individuals survive, simply because help could not get there soon enough. That’s why Community Hospital launched a program in 2003 to help make easy-to-operate defibrillators available throughout the area.
Cardiac arrest is when a life-threatening change to a person's normal heartbeat occurs and the heart is unable to pump blood. When this happens, brain damage or even death can occur in as little as four minutes if the victim does not receive prompt treatment. The only treatment for cardiac arrest is defibrillation, or an electric shock that jolts the heart back into beating, administered within minutes of the patient collapsing.
Community Hospital, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, started its community defibrillator program by donating 20 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to key locations throughout the community. Today the AED Program, now under Community Hospital’s Tyler Heart Institute, has more than 160 AEDs in 130 locations throughout Monterey County.
Tyler Heart Institute provides equipment at discounted prices, program oversight, maintenance, and compliance support when organizations enroll in its AED Program. Nonprofit organizations and schools can apply for partial or complete grants.
For more information, please contact:
Deena Haynes, MS
Tyler Heart Institute