KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (March 20, 2013) – All Knox County Senior Centers now have life-saving automated external defibrillators on-site, thanks to a generous donation from Covenant Health. Today, Covenant donated an AED unit to the Carter Senior Center, the final center to receive a device. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett was joined by Knox County Commissioner Dave Wright and Senior Director of Community Outreach Hemal Tailor to accept the donated unit from Covenant Health Representative Stan Boling. Carter Senior Center staff members Rebecca Quarles and Tara Stirone were also present.
An AED is a computerized device designed to recognize a cardiac arrest victim’s heart rhythm and provide an electric shock to get that rhythm back to normal. The devices are easy to use and provide lights, text and voice prompts to instruct the rescuer in proper usage of the defibrillator.
“While we hope there’s never a need to use this device, it is reassuring to know there are now accessible AEDs at every senior center,” said Mayor Burchett.
The American Red Cross says more than 350,000 people suffer cardiac arrest each year, and an AED unit is the “only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest.” According to the Red Cross, chances of surviving a cardiac arrest are reduced by 10 percent each minute that defibrillation is delayed.