UC Kiwanis Club helps save lives by placing AEDs in local schools
Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 12:10 pm
The Messenger 09.30.08
The Union City Kiwanis Club has embarked on a major service project to place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in every school in this area.
This initiative is part of a larger goal to place at least one AED in every school in Louisiana, Mississippi and West Tennessee over the next several years.
An AED is a small, portable device used when someone suffers from sudden cardiac arrest. When AEDs are used in such a rescue situation, survival rates grow to as much as 90 percent as opposed to only a 5 percent survival rate when no AED is available.
Each year, more than 250,000 Americans die of sudden cardiac arrest before they reach the hospital.
“The Kiwanis AED project represents a remarkable opportunity to change the world, one child and one AED at a time,” Union City Kiwanis Club outgoing president Danielle Morris said.
The Kiwanis AED Project is a partnership between Kiwanis and ZOLL Medical Corp. The ZOLL AED Plus is the device chosen by Kiwanis to be placed in schools throughout the three-state district because it represents state-of-the-art in lifesaving technology and because it is the only AED to incorporate CPR monitoring into its operations.
The local Kiwanis Club will be looking to build partnerships with local government, school districts, businesses and philanthropies to raise the funds necessary to fulfill this objective and ensure no child, teacher or parent dies needlessly.
Anyone interested in becoming a Kiwanis AED partner is asked to contact Ms. Morris at 885-7000 or any local Kiwanian.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.