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BernCo Installs State-of-the-Art Defibrillators in Community Centers and Assessor's Office

08/01/2013

Heart and plus iconStarting this week, all eight of Bernalillo County’s community centers, the South Valley Multi-Purpose Center, and the Assessor’s Office will be equipped with state-of-the-art Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) that will help save lives in cardiac emergencies.  Similar life-saving devices are currently in place in many Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department cars, county fire and rescue units, and the county’s aquatics facilities.

AEDs use electrodes to evaluate the heart rhythms of cardiac arrest patients and can deliver an electrical shock to the heart to restore electrical activity so it can pump blood again. 

Each unit comes with instructions and will even give voice prompts to indicate if and when they should be used. Designated county employees have been trained on how to use the equipment.

“We can save lives by having this equipment close at hand in public places. Thousands of people of all ages visit our community centers and the Assessor’s Office each year and we need to be prepared in an emergency,” says County Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins.

The new AED installation program is coordinated by the county’s Risk Management Department. County Risk Management Department Director Joe Crelier says one of the main reasons the county selected this particular unit is because it is compatible with the type of medical equipment fire departments use when responding to emergencies.  Each new unit is expected to last at least seven years.

Also, during emergencies, the Bernalillo County community centers are used as shelters, warming or cooling centers, or other refuge for large numbers of citizens, and “because of that fact,  it’s good to have the units there,” says county Risk Management Director Joe Crelier. “The units that are being installed will be a great asset to our community.”

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