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Release: March 30, 2001
UIHC acquires new state of the art defibrillators
IOWA CITY, Iowa University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently
acquired 24 state of the art automatic external defibrillators (AED) that
are used to swiftly deliver potentially life-saving defibrillation therapy
to people who are affected by sudden cardiac arrests (heart attacks).
An AED supplies an electrical current to the heart to help restore a normal
heartbeat. Defibrillators offer effective treatment for sudden cardiac arrest,
but the therapy must be delivered within the first few critical minutes following
the onset of the heart attack.
Richard Kerber, M.D., a cardiologist with UI Heart Care, is a national authority
on the use of AEDs, and has led multiple research efforts that contributed
to the development of the technology.
"Defibrillation is an important link in the chain of survival
for anyone who experiences a sudden heart attack," said Kerber. "The
first steps in that chain of survival involve calling 911 or another
emergency number to notify the emergency medical system, and then to perform
cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. However, the crucial element is how
soon that patient can receive defibrillation."
The American Heart Association reports that each minute of delay from the
onset of a sudden cardiac arrest until defibrillation is performed reduces
a patients chance of survival by 10 percent. Making AEDs widely available
throughout hospitals and other public locations such as sports venues, municipal
buildings and even airliners can help win that race against the clock.
The new AEDs will be located throughout UI Hospitals and Clinics in areas
such as clinics, the cardiac rehabilitation area, chemical dependency services,
physical therapy, the DeGowin Blood Donor Center, the UI Family Care Center,
the housed outpatient area, and remote sites such as UI Family Care -- North
"Our staff members are often the first to reach a person who is in
sudden cardiac arrest," said Kerber. "Having an AED readily available
can significantly decrease the amount of time it takes to deliver defibrillation
The new AEDs are small, lightweight and easy to use. The devices use advanced
technology designed specifically to make the implementation of early-response
programs practical in communities, industrial settings and other public and
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