What is Neighbors Saving Neighbors?
"The Villages CPR/AED "Neighbors Saving Neighbors" program took a tremendous leap forward when we started using ReadyAlert. Our old alerting system was hit-and-miss and something that was wholly unacceptable when dealing with cardiac arrest. ReadyAlert has proven to be fast and effective. The neighborhood responders have been ecstatic with the change!"
Captain Gail J. Lazenby, M.S., EMT-P (RET)
EMS Training & Quality Assurance Officer
The Villages Public Safety Department
What is an AED?
When sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the heart starts to flutter (fibrillate); but, not adequately enough to pump blood. CPR (chest compression) makes the heart pump and keeps oxygen flowing through the body, but will not "start" the heart. The AED is a battery operated device that diagnoses whether a heart needs to be defibrillated (shocked) into resuming a normal rhythm. It gives audible commands in English and is quite simple. Most can easily learn how to use the device in a few minutes.
What is the program and how does it work?
Generally, for every 125 residents, 10-15 people become trained as "responders". The more "responders" trained, the better your community will be able to handle cardiac arrest emergencies. This ratio typically provides one or more responders to be available at any given time. Each responder household would be listed with the local 911 Dispatch Center. When a cardiac arrest occurs, the first thing to do is call 911. Once the call comes into the 911 operator, the operator will determine the nature of the emergency and dispatch the medics.
At the same time, the 911 operator will view on their screen that the attack occured in an "AED Community". The 911 operator would immediately send an alert to all community responders via ReadyAlert. One or more responders would go immediately to the victim to begin administering CPR. Other responders would go to the location(s) where the AED units are located and take them to the emergency site.
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