You’ve seen it time and again on television shows. After someone suffers a sudden heart attack, emergency room doctors grab the paddles and deliver an electric shock to the patient to help restore a normal rhythm.
Such scenes may play out for real at airports, malls, sports arenas, health clubs, golf courses and even businesses, and you could be holding the paddles to easily shock someone’s heart back into rhythm. That’s because technology has given us the automated external defibrillator (AED).
Defibrillation is necessary when a heart begins to beat fast that very little blood can be pumped out to the body. An AED uses an electric shock to help the heart return to its normal rhythm of contraction.
The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center knows that life can change in the blink of eye. As a result, it is directing the proceeds from its annual Charity Golf Outing to help provide area businesses and organizations with lifesaving AEDs.
The golf outing is changing dates in 2013, now set for Tuesday, June 18 on the Woodlands course at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia. It will begin at 9 a.m. with registration and a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. Dinner, along with a silent auction, will conclude the evening at 5 p.m.
“We are proud to designate our proceeds so we can offer these life-saving devices to area businesses and organizations,” says Rita Meidam, Foundation for Ripon Medical Center executive director. “We know that AEDs do make a difference for individuals in sudden cardiac arrest. In fact, studies have repeatedly shown the importance of immediate bystander CPR plus defibrillation when given within three to five minutes of a patient collapsing.
Having more AED’s available throughout our community will make a difference for someone when seconds count during a cardiac event,” Meidam adds. “We are grateful that we can help make our community a safer place to live and work.”
Charity Golf Outing teams are forming now. To learn more, call Michelle Ries at (920) 926-4959.