Hazelbank Presbyterian Church has purchased an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). These devices are now commonplace in many shopping centres, sports venues and other places where large numbers of people gather.
It is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm. If needed, it can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. They are used to treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. SCA usually causes death if not treated within minutes; using an AED may save a person’s life.
While a few members of the congregation will receive training, the device is designed to be used by almost anyone who comes upon an unconscious person. A training video is posted below...