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PALM COAST, Fla., April 18, 2017 — On April 12, the Florida Hospital Flagler medical executive committee donated $5,000 to purchase six automated external defibrillators which will be installed in strategic locations throughout the 99-bed hospital.
An automated external defibrillator is an easy-to-use, lightweight, battery-operated, portable device that treats sudden cardiac arrest, a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating and typically causes death if it's not treated within precious minutes. In fact, 95 percent of people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest die within minutes.
Acting quickly with an automated external defibrillator can be lifesaving: each minute of sudden cardiac arrest leads to a 10 percent reduction in survival.
The automated external defibrillator checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.
Because time is of the essence when it comes to sudden cardiac arrest, the automated external defibrillators are designed to aid untrained people into using the device to save someone's life.
Electrodes attached to the patient’s chest send information about their heart rhythm to a computer in the automated external defibrillator. The computer then analyzes the heart rhythm to determine whether an electric shock is needed. If a shock is needed, the automated external defibrillator uses voice prompts to tell the user when to give the shock.
“This is a significant donation and a potentially lifesaving one at that,” said John Subers, Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation executive director. “Heart disease is the No. 1 reason Americans die, causing about one in every four deaths. With this generous donation from our physicians, our patients, visitors and staff will have ready access to an automated external defibrillator when minutes counts during a sudden cardiac arrest. We are so appreciative to the medical executive committee for their support and allowing these automated external defibrillators to be purchased.”
About Florida Hospital Flagler
Florida Hospital Flagler is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 46 hospital campuses and nearly 8,200 licensed beds in 10 states. With 99-beds, Florida Hospital Flagler is one of the six Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties that composes the Florida Hospital East Florida Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region has 923 beds and more than 6,000 employees. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region collectively contributed nearly $120 million in benefits in 2015 to the underprivileged, the community’s overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements. For more information about Florida Hospital Flagler, visit www.FloridaHospitalFlagler.com.
On April 12, the Florida Hospital Flagler medical executive committee donated $5,000 to purchase six automated external defibrillators which will be installed in strategic locations throughout the 99-bed hospital.