Beaumont Health System donates AED to Auburn Hills Church

10/3/2013

Beaumont Health System and the American Heart Association have donated an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, to Five Points Community Church in Auburn Hills on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

An AED is an emergency medical device that delivers an electrical charge to a person who is experiencing a life-threatening, abnormal heart rhythm or sudden cardiac arrest. The device, which "speaks" to the user providing step-by-step instructions, automatically diagnoses the heart rhythm to determine if a shock is needed. The pre-set electrical charge administered by the device occurs only if a fatal arrhythmia is detected, eliminating the need for the user to make the decision to defibrillate.

Associate Pastor Brett Toney says, "We are grateful for the provision of an AED so that we are better equipped to continue to care spiritually and physically for the community we endeavor to serve."

"The use of an AED helps a person during a cardiac event," says Douglas Westveer, M.D., chief, Cardiology, Beaumont Hospital, Troy. "The earlier defibrillation is administered, the better chance of survival. Research shows defibrillation combined with CPR can improve survival rates to as high as 74 percent when defibrillation is provided within three minutes of collapse."

Beaumont's AED program includes the donation of AED devices, at a cost of approximately $2,000 each combined with CPR/AED Heartsaver training to help save lives.

Since 2009, Beaumont has donated 18 AEDs to community centers, libraries, places of worship, and other locations in the community.

About Beaumont Heart and Vascular Care
Beaumont is Michigan's, and one of the nation's, most experienced providers of heart care, recognized on U.S. News and World Report's 2013-14 "America's Best Hospitals" list for cardiology and heart surgery. The Beaumont Heart and Vascular Center is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility that's dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart problems. Beaumont's Ernst Cardiovascular Center offers a collaborative approach to treating and managing the most complex heart and vascular conditions, including atrial fibrillation, heart valve disease, heart failure, aortic aneurysm and dissection. The center also offers low-cost, preventive heart screening for adults and high school students. Beaumont's Ministrelli Women's Heart Center is the first in Michigan devoted exclusively to the prevention, diagnosis, and research of heart disease in women. Find out more at http://heart.beaumont.edu/.