Community Hospital donates 50 AED machines
By Kathleen Goddeyne -
Community Hospital of Grand Junction recently donated 36 automated external defibrillator machines (AED) to schools in District 51. All four Grand Valley High schools already had AED machines, so the hospital donated to middle and grade schools. Fourteen more machines will belong to private charter schools.
“About 15,000 young people die each year of sudden cardiac arrest, said Becky Jessen, Director Marketing/Communications. “The vast majority of those deaths are sports related.”
Sudden impact to the chest can cause heart arrhythmia. Something as simple as a softball, hockey puck, or football to the chest could set that off.
“That (AED machine) is just one more thing in our arsenal if something goes wrong,” said Jessen.
Doctor Danny Mistry of Western Orthopedics came to Community Hospital and made a presentation to the foundation board. The funds allocated for the purchase of the 50 AED machines usually go toward the hospital.
Community Hospital took a loan out from the hospital and is still raising money to pay that back.
In order for the school district to pay for the machines and the training that goes with them for teachers and coaches, the district would have to pay $77,000. Community Hospital has purchased the machines and has been training District 51 staff members on how to use them.
So far this fall, 230 people have already trained in the four-hour class.
“It’s been amazing,” said Jesson. “The teachers are very excited about this training. It’s volunteer, but they commit their time to it.”
AED training is often included in CPR training for those who have AD machines available in the workplace.
“Lot’s of places have them now,” Jesson said. “It makes such a difference in saving someone’s life.”