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Officials Stress the Importance of AED's

Text Size: Over the weekend Vigo County Sheriff's deputies used a defibrillator to save a man's life, that's becoming a common trend across the country. Nearly half of the Vigo County Sheriff's Department has AED's and after events like what happened this weekend, officials say there's an even bigger push to get more.
Over the weekend Vigo County Sheriff's deputies used a defibrillator to save a man's life, that's becoming a common trend across the country.

Nearly half of the Vigo County Sheriff's Department has AED's and after events like what happened this weekend, officials say there's an even bigger push to get more.

They may be shocking, but these small portable devices save lives.

"Time is of the essence at that moment and any minute that we can save is critical for saving that person's life. So if we can have them in businesses, whether they be in squad cars or wherever it maybe," said VCSD Captain John Moats.

According the American Heart Association, 350,000 people in the U.S. will experience cardiac arrest this year alone, and an automated external defibrillator will help increase survival rates by around 40 percent.

"No one expects that to happen, obviously to you or your family member into reverse that effect, and reverse cardiac arrest it's great to have that happen," said Scott Anderson of Terre Haute CPR.

18 of the 40 Vigo County Sheriff's squad cars now come equipped with the devices, and they are present in all Vigo County schools.

"A lot of times with the calls going out, this is a long distance to travel, the ambulances, to get there and deputies might be in the same area so just a great idea to have those in our car as well where we might be able to make a difference," said Moats.

It doesn't take much for these AED's to restart a non-beating heart.
   
Simply turn it on, and listen for the instructions.

"You don't have to be a trained medical person, you can just be a police officer, or anybody can use it and just see how easy they are to use and how effective they are," said Anderson.
   
And while the device itself can walk you through the process, experts say its still important for everyone to familiarize themselves.
   
So when an emergency happens, you're ready to jump into action.

"You get to be familiar with it so in case you do come into contact with the cardiac arrest you arty know how to working AED and give the person you're working with or maybe your loved one a better chance of survival," said Anderson.

During cardiac arrest, every minute that a person goes without CPR or the use of an AED, their chances of survival drops by around 10 percent.
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