Access to Automated External Defibrillators, more commonly known as AEDs can drastically reduce the likelihood of death from Cardiac Arrest. Through a donation from the McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation, access to AEDs in the City of Carthage and Jasper County has been drastically improved.
Beth Simmons, foundation director, presented two AEDs to each of two law enforcement agencies – the Carthage Police Department and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office - on February 6 at Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital. Sheriff Randee Kaiser and Police Chief Greg Dagnan thankfully received the AEDs and plan to utilize them both in patrol cars and at their respective jails.
Law enforcement personnel are frequently first on the scene for 911 calls associated with cardiac arrest and perform CPR as needed. The AEDs will allow the officers to analyze the victim’s heart rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electric shock to reestablish normal heart rhythm.