– Does your community have a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) program?
Congratulations to the 2012 winners of the Heart Safe Community Awards sponsored by the IAFC EMS Section and Physio-Control. The Hilton Head Fire Department (SC) is this year’s winner in the “small community” category and the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue (MD) took the prize for “large community.”
This award is presented to fire service-based EMS agencies and other EMS systems that have played a key role in improving the quality of out-of-hospital resuscitation efforts. Agencies and systems nominated will have demonstrated creative approaches to improving therapies for patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes and its life-threatening complication—Sudden Cardiac Arrest—through:
- Bystander CPR
- AED deployment (i.e., PAD programs, First Response)
- Out-of-hospital 12-lead ECGs
- 12-lead ECG advanced notification to the receiving hospital
- Partnering with local hospitals to improve outcomes from ACS and Sudden Cardiac Arrest
- Communication programs to increase awareness and prevention of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and heart attacks
(For a complete list of eligibility and criteria click here)
In 2009, ASHI-approved Training Center Heart Safe LaPlata won this award. For those who attended the 2011 HSI Conference, you may have heard Heart Safe LaPlata presenter JT Coyne talk about their successful Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) program.
As we kick off CPR and AED Awareness Week (June 1-7), it’s a great time to ask, “Does my community have a PAD program?”
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We would also love to hear what you are doing to promote CPR and AED Awareness Week in your community! Please share your great ideas!
Kristine Rice - Marketing Programs Manager