February 27, 2012
Salida, Colorado - Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center has donated a new automated external defibrillator or AED to the Chaffee People's Clinic in Salida.
An AED is a portable elecronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias in a patient. AEDs are able to treat patients through defibrillation, an electrical therapy which stops arrhythmia and allows the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.
HRRMC Education Coordinator Peg Arnett will train personnel at the Chaffee People's Clinic in how to use the AED on March 1.
"We were delighted to be the recipients of the AED from the HRRMC grant," said Chaffee People's Clinic Director Jane Gilden. "AEDs have been documented to save lives and having an AED readily available makes sense for any organization that seeks to protect its patients, employees and community."
The Colorado Rural Health Center awarded the AED to the hospital as part of a federal grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Colorado Rural Health Center works with federal, state and local partners to offer services and resources to rural healthcare providers, facilities and communities.
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