North Ridge donates dollars to Broward Fire Rescue for AED devices
The Tenet Healthcare Foundation and North Ridge Medical Center have donated $20,000 to Broward County Fire Rescue to purchase portable automated external defibrillator (AED) devices. The timely use of an AED, which provides defibrillation shocks that help restore normal heart rhythm, can be a critical key to survival of cardiac arrest, according to the American Heart Association.
“It is only natural that the hospital with the largest cardiovascular program in Broward County work with Broward Fire Rescue to ensure our residents and visitors have access to the latest technology and emergency treatment of cardiac accidents,” said Clifford J. Bauer, North Ridge Chief Executive Officer.
In the past, trained emergency rescue personnel primarily operated the AED, but fire rescue departments are now encouraging the community to use devices to help save the lives of people suffering sudden cardiac arrest in public places. At selected areas, Broward Fire Rescue will train the targeted personnel/public on using the lightweight devices.
Sudden cardiac arrest, which kills at least 350,000 people in the U.S. each year, can strike almost anyone. Even a healthy person may, without warning, experience cardiac arrest and die, if not treated immediately. An AED offers a practical way to save lives, by helping to restore the victim’s heart rhythm before Fire Rescue arrives.