Sudden cardiac arrest kills nearly 300,000 Americans each year.
SCA causes a disruption in the heart’s rhythm causing a lack of blood flow to the brain and vital organs. If treatment isn’t initiated quickly death will occur.
The only way to survive SCA is through cardiopulmonary resuscitation and an automated external defibrillator.
"It’s really fairly user friendly. It talk talks once you open the lid. It talks you through everything. So, as long as someone has kind of walked through the steps if they feel comfortable using it, it’s pretty simple to use," said Genesis Chest Pain Coordinator Kathy Huggins.
To assist emergency responders provide help quickly the Heart and Vascular Services Department at Genesis Healthcare System purchased Automated External Defibrillators for both the sheriff’s office and police department. The Sheriff’s office has a $7 million budget, the highest in the county, but doesn’t always have funds for these types of purchases.
"That’s all earmarked for something at some point. Anytime we can get community partners like Genesis it helps us out. It’s really unbelievable. We always have great community support. We normally don’t have the cost in our budget for stuff like this," said Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz.
Zanesville Police Chief Kenneth Miller said even though they have the fire department to help respond to emergencies, they’ll place their AED in the main lobby.
"There are instances where we are the first responder. The fire department is tied up on another call or something or we may have some time before they get there," explained Miller.
Genesis purchased the AED’s with grant money from the Appalachian Regional Commission received in 2013. The rest of the grant money was used to purchase 12 lead EKG equipment so emergency medical personnel could do an EKG in the field.