Mar 16,2007 00:00
Through a grant provided by the Northwest Health Foundation, Central Oregon Council on Aging (COCOA) has installed Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in three of their Central Oregon meal sites. Senior centers in Redmond, La Pine, and Madras received the equipment, as well as emergency response education training for staff and volunteers.
“According to the latest statistics, when a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest, a shock to the heart is the key to restoring normal rhythm. Without immediate help the victim can die within minutes. Considering the average age of the population served through the senior centers, we believe it is in the best interests of everyone concerned to make these devices available”, said COCOA program manager Carol Maszk. “Although we expect incidents to be rare, our staff and volunteers are very happy to have the new AED s available for emergency use.”