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Home > Mercy News > Mercy donates AEDs to area schools, churches, non-profits
Published on December 10, 2020
Mercy Medical Center is donating 12 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to area schools, churches and community organizations this month, bringing the number of AEDs the hospital has donated to 85 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 in an attempt to restore a normal rhythm.
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. The donated AEDs will be placed in readily accessible locations at each site to be used in the event of an emergency.
In addition to the AED donations, Mercy – in partnership with Think Safe – offered each of the recipient sites a virtual training session.
AEDs were donated to the following locations in Linn County. Two sites each received two AEDs, as noted.
According to the American Heart Association, SCA is a major cause of death in the United States, contributing to more than 350,000 deaths annually. A key to fighting SCA is defibrillation (use of an AED) within a very short period of time from the onset of SCA.