Med-Care Ambulance

"In It For Life"

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Mexico, Me. 04257
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Sharing the Love in Recognition of February Heart Healthy Month, Heart Advocates Donate Lifesaving Device to Increase Awareness, Survival of Cardiac Arrest

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SCAFeb2013WASHINGTON, DC, 2013 – Recognizing the need for improved emergency response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in our community, the Western Maine Affiliate of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) is proud to be working in conjunction with the Auburn Firefighters.  In a collaborative  effort we deployed an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Sherwood Heights Elementary School in Auburn, Me. Sherwood Heights Elementary has taken the initiative to be proactive to ensure that their students, staff and the overall community a safer place. Through this effort we facilitated CPR & AED training for the entire school.

 

“SCA is a major public health crisis that is not well understood by most Americans. It kills more Americans each year than breast cancer, lung cancer and HIV/AIDS combined, and sadly the national survival rate of SCA has remained a low five percent for the last 30 years states SCAA. “Awareness of SCA and bystander assistance is crucial to increasing survival, and I applaud our chapters for participating in these donations with an attempt to reverse three decades worth of heart-wrenching statistics.”

 

“The only way to survive SCA is through CPR and shocks administered from an AED,” said Laurieann Milligan, director of community outreach at Med-Care Ambulance, SCAA Western Maine Affiliate. “More AEDs in more locations only makes our communities safer and residents more capable to intervene and make a difference during cardiac emergencies.”

 

SCA is the nation’s leading cause of death, killing nearly 300,000 Americans each year. It is an electrical disruption of the heart’s natural rhythm and is not the same as a heart attack. Advances in medical technology and treatment could eliminate at least 40 percent of sudden cardiac arrest deaths, yet the survival rate is still five percent.

 

About the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association

SCAA is the nation’s largest nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to increasing awareness and prevention of sudden cardiac arrest. For more information, please visit www.suddencardiacarrest.org.