A heart attack can happen at any moment. They are not reserved only for older individuals who may be higher at risk. Heart problems certainly strike the young and the old alike.
With this in mind and the hope to help kids who may need help in case of a heart crisis, local heroes are helping out. These heroes are the volunteer auxiliary of Portneuf medical center and one generous and anonymous doctor donor.
Service Lines Director of Portneuf Medical Center Dennis Carlson said, “To be able to place these devices, which aren’t terribly difficult to use in locations where individuals work play whatever and in the event (heaven forbid) that a person’s heart stops beating its available and that’s when we take over.”
Seventeen automated external defibrillators or (AEDs) were donated to school district 25 to help when disaster strikes for any of the thirteen elementary schools in the district, and 4 AEDs for use when the sports teams hit the road.
“The unit is placed on the individual, the pads are put on there and then a shock is delivered to the individual and then to attempt to bring a rhythm back to the patient so that we can get them to the hospital and get them the care that they need,” Carlson added.
This donation is part of an effort to help this community become chest pain accredited, to symbolize improvement in local emergency preparedness. For KPVI news 6, I’m Dave Martinson.