Life-saving equipment donated to Bainbridge Public Safety

cutchin_AEDAs a result of a generous donation by a local Bainbridge business woman, Bainbridge Public Safety Emergency Medical Responder program was able to purchase three Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s).

The AED’s will now be placed in patrol units so they can be quickly accessed to meet the medical needs of the Bainbridge citizens.

The Medical Responder Program is now fully operational with 9 trained Emergency Medical Responders (EMR’s). Captain Cutchin, the EMR Program Coordinator, hopes to train additional public safety officers in the near future.

What is an AED?

AEDs_boxAn automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, certified first responder, and basic life support (BLS) level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes.

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