Public Access Defibrillator Program

Greece Volunteer Ambulance has begun a campaign to increase public awareness about the importance of early defibrillation in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition where the heart suddenly stops working and a person become unconscious. The heart can be restarted with a shock from an automated external defibrillator, also called an AED.

 

Our challenge is to deliver the shock as soon as possible. Unfortunately, in most instances, the shock comes too late. In most communities, survival is only 8% from cardiac arrest. Although survival in Greece is better than average due to the excellent care provided by citizens and emergency medical providers, there are still important opportunities to save more lives from cardiac arrest.

 

Because an early shock soon after collapse is so important Greece Volunteer Ambulance is reaching out to local businesses, and other public areas in the community to participate in the Public Access Defibrillation Program (PAD). We know that when an AED in the community is used to provide a shock, the shock can occur very early even before the paramedics are able to arrive. This can translate to even more survivors here in Greece. The purpose of the PAD program is to place defibrillators around our community to increase the chance for survival.

 

As a community partner, you can help achieve even higher survival rates in Greece.

To learn more about the Public Access Defibrillation program please contact Kelly Thompson at Greece Volunteer Ambulance at (585) 227-2073 ext. 3 or at kthompson@greeceambulance.com