Since the City of Laurel equipped all of its City buildings and vehicles with Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in 2014, they’ve been used six times to try and save a life. AED’s deliver an electric shock to the heart when someone suffers cardiac arrest. Laurel now has 15 new AED’s with new enhanced lifesaving features.
Not only will they give you step-by-step instructions on how to use them, like the older versions did, but it now has the added feature called the CPR Metronome. This aspect will activate when the unit recognizes that CPR is needed. The user will hear an audible beep and will notice a series of flashes that will guide you through the rate at which to compress a patient’s chest during CPR.
The American Heart Association says every year about 220,000 people suffer cardiac arrest and only about 5 percent of them survive. Defibrillation is the only known treatment to restore the normal rhythm.
The City of Laurel takes steps to keep the AEDs in good working condition:
- They are tested twice a year;
- The pads are replaced as needed; and
- Per City policy, they are checked once a month, to ensure they are working when needed by our citizens or employees.
Mayor Craig A. Moe will continue to replace the current AEDs with fifteen or more annually, to ensure that the citizens have the best up-to-date equipment to ensure their safety when they are working, living or playing in the City of Laurel