"While we hope never to use our AED, we value the lives of our volunteers as much as the lives of those we intend to help; this donation gives us an added tool at a critical time."
Issaquah, WA (PRWEB) May 21, 2012
According to QuickMedical, every year almost 7,000 high school students die from sudden cardiac arrest. The survival rate due to sudden cardiac arrest is at a dismal 5%-15%, and is the leading cause for more than 1 million deaths annually worldwide.
"Today, the Civil Air Patrol, which is the official auxiliary of the US Air Force handles 90 percent of inland search and rescue missions, with approximately 75 lives saved each year,” said Major Mark Norton, Paine Field Squadron Commander of the Civil Air Patrol located in Everett, Washington. “The availability of an AED for use by our squadron while in training or on a mission, adds a measure of safety and the ability to intervene should one of our cadet or senior volunteers encounter a medical issue such as a cardiac arrest.”
For years, only physicians were trained on the use of defibrillators; now AED technology has developed to the point where the device reads the heart rhythm, so no one – not physicians, nurses, or lay people needs to interpret the rhythm before using a defibrillator.
“As a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, QuickMedical wanted to do our part to support the efforts and contribution made by the Civil Air Patrol,” said Loren Timmons, Marketing Director at QuickMedical. “When Major Norton contacted me and explained why it was so important to have an AED available if a cadet and/or senior officer were unable to obtain medical care due to their training or mission location, we were happy to help out.”
Major Norton concluded, "While we hope never to use our AED, we value the lives of our volunteers as much as the lives of those we intend to help; this donation gives us an added tool at a critical time."
About the Civil Air Patrol:
On July 1, 1946, President Truman established the Civil Air Patrol as a federally chartered benevolent civilian corporation, and on May 26, 1948 Congress passed Public Law 557 which made CAP the auxiliary of the new United States Air Force. One of CAP primary missions is Cadet Programs. The program accepts new cadets who are at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old. CAP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.
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