Residents in four Iowa counties are safer in the event of a health emergency following the distribution of 35 automatic electronic defibrillators (AED).
The Service Area Seven Health Care Coalition handed out AED devices in Pocahontas, Buena Vista, Palo Alto, and Webster counties following evaluations of need in several high-traffic public locations.
“These AEDs and the training provided in how to use them are vital to the health of Iowans,” said Ron Vought, Service Area Seven Readiness and Response Coordinator. “We hope that they are not needed, but in the event of a health emergency, these AEDs are ready and available for life-saving use.”
Locations receiving the life-saving devices include city halls, public parks, swimming pools, county fairgrounds, churches, and post offices. The recipient county health departments were asked earlier this year to complete a survey and needs assessment which identified the need for AED equipment.
“The assessments identified rural communities that may have been lacking in specialized emergency equipment,” said Vought. “One of our goals is to build and maintain public health emergency management programs and one method to do that is to address at-risk populations in need.”
AEDs have been placed in the following locations:
Emmetsburg: Grace Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, New Hope Community Chapel, Emmetsburg Post Office, Little League baseball field, Palo Alto County Fairgrounds, St. Paul Lutheran Church,
Mallard: City of Mallard City Hall
Ayrshire: Zion Lutheran Church
West Bend: Apostolic Christian Fellowship Center, West Bend City Hall, West Bend LIbrary,
West Bend Post Office
Graettinger: Graettinger Post Office, City of Graettinger Public Pool, United Methodist Church, Bethel Lutheran Church
Gowrie: Gowrie City Hall, Gowrie Swimming Pool, Brocket Park, Gowrie Park Shelter
Ruthven: Ruthven City Hall, Lost Island Lutheran Church, Ruthven United Methodist Church, Ruthven Swimming Pool, Ruthven Post Office
Newell: Bethel Baptist Church
Pocahontas: Pocahontas County Health Department
Fort Dodge: Holy Trinity Parish
The request for the 35 ZOLL AEDs was submitted via the Service Area Seven Health Care Coalition to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Each ZOLL AED includes CPR-D Padz, batteries, and an emergency carry go-case, Red Cross responder pack, and steel enclosure. The acquisition of the AEDs was made possible through a Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) grant and purchased through the American Red Cross National & Constituent Chapters Regional Services.