Wayne County deputies’ life-saving abilities just skyrocketed
Vital law enforcement agency purchases key tools to extend lives
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the biggest killer in the United States. It does not discriminate and can strike anyone at any time and without any warning. It claims the lives of more than 365,000 Americans every year.
According to the American Heart Association, for every minute that goes by, the chance of survival for a sudden cardiac arrest victim (SCA) goes down by 10% per minute. Since time is your biggest enemy, the national average survival rate for a SCA victim is only a 5-7%.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is fighting back against the country’s biggest killer by deploying next generation G5 Fully Automatic AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) for our patrol vehicles. An AED is a medical device that can check a person’s heart rhythm and provide an electronic shock when needed.
“Our deputies are out on patrol 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and often, first on scene. This was an opportunity to shorten the gap from when a sudden cardiac arrest victim hits the ground to when a life-saving AED could be attached while we wait for our hardworking medical professionals to arrive,” said Sheriff Raphael Washington.
“Our role is to protect and serve, and we thought it was important to protect our citizens against the biggest killer, knowing we will likely be there first. We’ve purchased AEDs for some of our patrol vehicles so that we can try to save lives, or at the very least, give our citizens a fighting chance.”
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office purchased 11 G5 Fully Automatic AEDs manufactured by ZOLL Medical to carry in their patrol vehicles. Each AED will also come with ZOLL’s Mobilize Rescue Compact kit, which also includes a tourniquet, chest seal, pressure dressing, quick clot and mobile phone app to help provide real-time help in guiding the deputy through other types of medical emergencies, such as severe bleeding.
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