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Home > Mercy News > Mercy donates AEDs to area schools, churches, non-profit organizations
Published on December 02, 2019
Mercy Medical Center is donating Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to 10 area schools, churches and community organizations in the coming days, bringing the number of AEDs the hospital has donated to 73 since the program began in 2014.
AEDs are portable devices that check heart rhythm and treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). When needed, an AED can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. The AEDs will be placed in readily accessible locations at each site to be used in case of an emergency.
The AED donation program at Mercy is designed to equip local non-profits demonstrating financial need with the life-saving devices. The non-profits must also exhibit a need for AED coverage for their facility and participate in an application process.
Presentation of the AEDs will take place at the following times and locations in Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities:
Tuesday, Dec. 3:
Friday, Dec. 6:
Monday, Dec. 9:
8. 1 p.m. – Alburnett High School, 131 Roosevelt St., Alburnett
Tuesday, Dec. 10:
Mercy is partnering with ThinkSafe, based in Cedar Rapids, to make the AEDs available for donation.
According to the American Heart Association, SCA is a major cause of death in the United States, contributing to more than 300,000 deaths annually and accounting for about 50 percent of all cardiovascular deaths. A key to fighting SCA is defibrillation (use of an AED) within a very short period of time from the onset of SCA.