City of Henderson Offers Automated External Defibrillator Loan Program
January 14, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
PLEASE CONTACT KATHLEEN RICHARDS, (702) 267-2051
Henderson, Nev. – The city of Henderson is the first jurisdiction in Nevada to offer an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Loan Program for public use. An AED is a portable electronic device capable of recognizing the presence or absence of ventricular fibrillation or rapid ventricular tachycardia associated with cardiac arrest, and delivering a shock if needed to restore a normal heart rhythm.
Sudden cardiac arrest, a condition where the heart suddenly stops beating, is a leading cause of death among adults over the age of 40. Every day, about 1,000 Americans of all ages experience out-of-hospital non-traumatic sudden cardiac arrest; only 1 out of 10 victims survive. When bystanders intervene by giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using an AED before emergency medical services arrive, 4 out of 10 victims survive.
“Any adult can learn to use this simple piece of medical equipment and possibly save a life,” explains Fire Chief Steve Goble. “The AED is especially beneficial for outdoor sporting events where athletes are at greater risk of experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.”
The city launched the AED loan program after being approached by three local moms who founded the Adam’s Heart organization, after one’s son experienced sudden cardiac arrest during a soccer game. The Henderson Fire and Parks and Recreation departments are partnering to provide AEDs at no cost for use at public gatherings and sporting events.
An event organizer, coach or participant may request an AED when reserving a city facility at least three weeks prior to their scheduled public event. Qualified users must be at least 18 years old and complete a 30-minute training class. The event must take place within the city of Henderson and a refundable deposit is required for the return of the device within 24 hours after the event concludes, or the following Monday for weekend events.
For additional information, call (702) 267-4000 or visit cityofhenderson.com/parks.
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About City of Henderson: Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with more than 270,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Celebrating the city’s 60th anniversary in 2013, Henderson has been recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY: 2012, 2008, 2006), one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), and the Second Safest City in America (Forbes). Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who chose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson…a place to call home.
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