Public safety officials from Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta, Georgia, wrote to report that in the past five years they’ve save five lives using Powerheart automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Every police patrol vehicle and fire department vehicle in the part is equipped with an AED, and since 2006, public safety staff have responded to five sudden cardiac arrest incidents.
“In every case, the patient survived to leave the hospital as a result of a fast response, early CRP, and defibrillation,” wrote Chuck Kelley, the park’s Chief of Police and Fire. He noted that the park’s 100 percent save rate is well above the national average of 6.4 percent survival for out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.
Stone Mountain Park is one of the most-visited parks in Georgia. More than 4 million people come to the 3,200-acre park, for activities including camping and an adventure course.
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