The Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department received an important delivery on Friday as five new state-of-the-art Automated External Defibrillators (AED) arrived in their office. The AEDs were supplied by Cardiac Science and delivered by Area Sales Manager Erin Hensley, who is also an EMT.
Hensley stated, “The Sheriff made a large investment that is significant for the county as a whole. What’s beneficial about putting AED’s in every Sheriff patrol car is that often times they are first on scene when there’s a cardiac arrest in this community.”
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses life-threatening cardiac arrest and is able to treat the condition through defibrillation, the application of electricity which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.
With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, certified first responder, and basic life support (BLS) level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes.
According to Hensley, “In the United States, currently, the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest is an astounding 5%. By putting more AED’s in vehicles, the chance of survival can increase, significantly. One statistic is that every minute a patient in cardiac arrest goes without a shock their chance of survival goes down 10%-- so every single minute counts.”
The cost of each AED was approximately $1,400 after some discounts by the company. The Sheriff committed to paying for three of the five devices. Sheriff Sheridan stated, “I just figure I can’t really put a price on someone’s life in Kiowa County.” He is fully committed to supplying his crew with the AEDs as he is well aware of the difficulties of working in such a wide geographical area. The other two devices were given to the Sheriff’s Department by the Kiowa County EMT office headed up by Eunice Weber. According to Sheridan, Weber had found funds for the other two devices through their RETAC (Regional EMS & Trauma Advisory Council) group.
In total, the five devices will now ride along in every patrol and Sheriff car in the county.
Sheridan expressed his thanks to the Kiowa County EMT and director Weber who will be doing a First Responder training for all EMTs, Fire, and the Sheriff Department in the near future.