Helping people stay healthy and helping ensure they have access to services they need when ill, is an important role of any hospital. So King’s Daughters is very pleased to announce it has been able to donate 30 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to first responders and community organizations in eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio.
The donations have been made in recognition of national Hospital Week, May 10 through 16, and in thanks for the many community members and organizations that have helped King’s Daughters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AEDs are medical devices that can deliver an electrical shock to an individual suffering from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a condition that affects more than 350,000 Americans each year. Only about 10 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting survive. The AEDs are being distributed next week.
This is the second year for the AED donation program, which is funded through the sale of special heart month T-shirts to King’s Daughters team members and the community. Last year, King’s Daughters was able to purchase and donate 25 AEDs with proceeds from the sale.
This year’s recipients include:
Bellefonte Police Dept
Big Sandy Fire Dept
Coal Grove Fire Dept
Fallsburg Fire Dept, Lawrence County, Ky.
Firebrick Volunteer Fire Dept, Greenup/Lewis County
Inez Volunteer Fire Dept
Ironton Fire Dept
Little Sandy Fire District
Lloyd Volunteer Fire Dept, Greenup County
Maloneton Volunteer Fire Dept, Greenup County
Oldtown Volunteer Fire Dept, Greenup County
Portsmouth Fire Dept
Raceland Fire Dept
Russell Fire Dept
Russell Police Dept
South Shore Police Dept
South Shore Volunteer Fire Dept
Worthington Fire Dept
Boyd County Senior Center
The kits, which include the defibrillator, two batteries, adult and pediatric pads, miscellaneous supplies, and a hard-shell carrying case, were delivered to the recipient organizations over the past two weeks.
The AEDs were awarded based on community need, with an emphasis on first-responders and location.
Last year’s recipients included the Boyd, Carter, Floyd and Greenup county sheriffs’ departments; police departments in Ashland, Ironton and Portsmouth; fire departments serving Westwood and Wurtland; Ashland Independent and Boyd and Greenup County schools; Safe Harbor; and Ashland-Boyd County Emergency Management.