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Jasper Hospital District present life saving equipment to public locations in our area

Recently the Board of Directors of the Jasper Hospital District engaged in a program to supply AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators) to public buildings throughout our district.


Why?


Because the risk of sudden cardiac arrest is real.


Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops pumping blood. It can happen to anyone, at any time, and signs include sudden collapse and immediate loss of consciousness.


If sudden cardiac arrest does occur, rapid treatment with an AED can be lifesaving.


38% of victims shocked with an AED survived hospital discharge whereas those who received CPR only survived 9% of the time. Finally, of those who received no CPR or defibrillation, only 7% survived.


To date, the District has distributed 20 AED’s to area churches and we’ve ordered 20 more.


Our goal is to make as many AED’s accessible in public areas as possible, hoping to create a better outcome when sudden cardiac arrest does occur.


In the last 9 months the Jasper Hospital District has invested approximately $150,000 in the purchase of 40 AED’s for the public and 13 CPR assist devices for first responders and Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital.


We’ve also just started offering community CPR classes at no cost as dictated by instructor availability.


Does your organization want to participate? Comment here, send us a message, or give us a call at 409-698-7310.


Shown presenting AED’s are JHD Directors Rodney Norsworthy, Laura Moore, and Linda Harkins Templeton


Beech Grove Baptist Church

Rayburn Methodist


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