A hearty COW thanks to The Woodside AED Foundation and the Woodside Fire Protection District for doing all they can to protect our hearts! The Woodside AED Foundation, which was created on October 13, 2006, in memory of James Christie Olsson, is working to increase awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and improving public access to potentially life-saving automated external defibrillators (AED). According to their website nearly one death occurs every 90 seconds from sudden cardiac arrest. Moreover, 90-95% of sudden cardiac arrest victims die due to lack of access to an AED and approximately 85,000 deaths annually could be prevented if an AED had been made available at the time of the emergency.
While permoo-using their site we learned that “the AED analyzes the heart rhythm of an unconscious, breathless individual for lethal arrhythmias that result in sudden cardiac arrest. These deadly arrhythmias can be converted to a normal heart rhythm (with a pulse) by delivering an electrical shock to the heart. This shock stops all chaotic electrical activity and allows the heart to regain its natural rhythm. ” We also learned that “Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly due to a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system.” AND that “The only effective treatment for sudden cardiac arrest is to deliver an electrical shock using a device called a defibrillator.”
The Woodside AED Foundation’s stated goals are to, increase awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and improve public access to defibrillators; to create early defibrillation programs to train companies, schools, organizations, and citizens within the Woodside Fire Protection District; to provide automated external defibrillators in key locations where people gather; and lastly, to place AEDs in all non-emergency vehicles of the Woodside Fire Protection District.
The cost of an AED apparently varies, but according to their site the average price for a single AED unit is approximately $3000. That ain’t hay. Since the Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping COWs we hope you will consider helping them. For more information please visit their website here. Their contact information is Woodside AED Foundation, 3111 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA 94062 and you can call them at (650) 851-1594 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org please reference AED Foundation.