Havelock receives gift of 10 automatic defibrillators

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 06:16 PM.

"These are amazing devices and we certainly thank the folks that take the time to learn the training, and we also thank the hospital board for caring enough to purchase these when there were few other opportunities for funding," he said.

The defibrillators are designed to help restart a person’s heart after a cardiac arrest.

"We have a saying in the EMS business that time is tissue," said Scott Dorsett, a firefighter/paramedic with the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department, who helps manage and perform checks on the devices. "The longer that you go without oxygenation to the heart and the brain, it decreases that person’s survivability chances."

Dorsett said the devices help get blood flowing to vital organs quickly.

"When someone’s heart stops, the blood is not pumping through the body, and oxygen is not being transported to the tissues," he said, adding that the devices increase the survivability from a heart attack.

While police have been trained on the devices, residents can go through a two-hour class to become certified on the defibrillators.

"What it does is it allows people in the community to be involved with EMS, so coaches and teachers are increasingly becoming AED certified," Dorsett said. "What we’re trying to do is get the community involved in the AED aspect."



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