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South Kingstown, EMS recognized as HeartSafe community

January 13, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN–Due to its efforts to improve cardiac care and save lives, South Kingstown and its EMS Department became the third Rhode Island community to be awarded and recognized as a HeartSafe community at Monday night’s town council meeting by the American Heart Association.

“Fifty percent of men and women in Western Civilization with significant heart disease show the first sign with a sudden collapse,” David Hilts of the American Heart Association said. “It is the number one killer in adults in North America. Survival is very dependent on early shock defibrillators and CPR, things that will help someone survive a sudden cardiac arrest.”

The HeartSafe program is designed to help communities give people a better chance of surviving a heart attack or other cardiac emergency. HeartSafe communities must meet a number of criteria including offering CPR classes, placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the community and on emergency response vehicles, training first responders, creating effective emergency response plans for municipal and school buildings, and evaluating the community’s response to cardiac emergencies. The HeartSafe Community program is a collaboration between the state department of health and the American Heart Association.

Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred commended EMS director, Keith Richards for taking the steps necessary to make the town HeartSafe.

For more information pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.

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re: South Kingstown, EMS recognized as HeartSafe community

December 28, 2011 by Dennis99, 2 years 51 weeks ago
Comment: 182

Really, one of the leading causes if death nowadays. Everyone should really know how to deal with such situation, first is to know its symptoms. CPR training should not only be done once, but in a regular basis since it is a procedure that can be easily forgotten. And it’s very important because that’s the first step in dealing with heart attacks and can save lives, also it is important while waiting for the for the ambulance to arrive.

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Congratulations! AED is one

November 21, 2011 by Rosie Y, 3 years 4 weeks ago
Comment: 164

Congratulations! AED is one of the most effective devices, which restore normal heart rhythm when a person suffers cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association suggested putting Automated Electronic Defibrillators in clinics in the year 2000. Outside of hospitals, AEDs have verified very helpful in saving lives. Inside clinics, however, AEDs are actually costing lives. I read the information here: Automated defibrillators could be costing lives in hospitals

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