Program Will Provide Life-Saving AED Devices and Ongoing
Education to Nearly a Dozen Organizations in the Austin Area
AUSTIN, Texas—On Aug. 29, 2012, Heart Hospital of Austin announced its Community Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program designed to distribute AED devices and provide life-saving education to organizations that host large numbers of people. Eleven organizations in the Greater Austin area will be selected to receive AEDs through an application process.
“We know that AEDs can save lives during cardiac emergencies, and we are pleased to provide these life-saving devices to the Austin community,” David Laird, chief executive officer at Heart Hospital of Austin, said. “These 11 AEDs and the education we are providing will have a direct impact on countless lives.”
Recipient organizations will be selected based on an application review process. An evaluation committee at Heart Hospital of Austin will evaluate the applications of interested businesses based on several factors, including:
- The average number of people within the organization
- The described mounting location of the AED unit (it must be in a location that is highly visible and easily accessible to the general population of the organization)
- The organization’s defined plan to extend life-saving knowledge to others within the organization
- The organization’s proximity to Heart Hospital of Austin (all applicants must be located in the Greater Austin area)
- The organization’s overall mission
- The organization’s willingness to have key staff members trained annually by physicians and staff at Heart Hospital of Austin
“Having an AED on site is only part of the life-saving process,” Laird said. “Knowing how to appropriately use one is critical in achieving optimal outcomes, and annual training is required for safe and effective use. Heart Hospital of Austin is committed to not only making sure the Austin community is equipped with life-saving AEDs, but also teaching citizens how to use them.”
Heart Hospital of Austin will provide annual AED training and CPR certification to recipient organizations for three consecutive years.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are 300,000 to 400,000 deaths per year in the United States from cardiac arrest, and most cardiac arrest deaths occur outside of a hospital setting. In 1999 and 2000, 815 of 6,339 workplace fatalities reported to OSHA were caused by cardiac arrest.
Heart Hospital of Austin is accepting applications through Oct. 12, 2012. Recipient organizations will receive notification by Nov. 2, 2012.
For more information about the Community AED Program, please contact Heart Hospital of Austin at (512) 407-7584.
Heart Hospital of Austin
Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Boulevard, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters in January 2012. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, Heart Hospital of Austin is a shared vision of local cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons. Working with hospital leadership, the physicians created an atmosphere of quality, resulting in the leading cardiac program in Texas for six consecutive years as ranked by HealthGrades®—a leading independent health ratings organization. In July 2009, a study funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that Heart Hospital of Austin was the leading hospital in the United States for treatment of a heart attack. Heart Hospital of Austin has also been named a top cardiovascular hospital in the nation by Thomson Reuters for six years, most recently being named to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2011. In addition to providing a full range of cardiovascular services and an advanced Executive Wellness Program, Heart Hospital of Austin has a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department. Heart Hospital of Austin is a St. David’s Medical Center facility. For more information, please visit HeartHospitalofAustin.com.