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Posted on: May 8, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Portage Co. EMS Assoc. Sponsors Find-an-AED Contest

Po. Co. EMS Assoc. is sponsoring a Find-an-AED contest. Tell them about a Public Access AED you know about and you can win a prize.

For many years, medical professionals felt that when a person collapsed without a pulse or breathing, a condition called sudden cardiac arrest, the chances of reviving that person with CPR or other treatments were slim. We now know that early, effective CPR, even just compressions or Hands-Only CPR, can double the chances of that person surviving. We also know that if the sudden cardiac arrest victim is defibrillated with an AED within 8 minutes they are 2.7 times more likely to survive.

Because of this, it is now more common than ever to see AEDs in public places such as schools, office buildings, factories, airports, and churches. These easy-to-operate Public Access AEDs are available for anyone to use and are critical for saving a life.

Portage County has almost 200 Public Access AEDs and a number of them have been used in the last few years to save lives. Do you know where the closest one is? Do you work in a building that has one or do you go by an AED in your travels?

To celebrate is National EMS Week (May 19 – 25) and to increase Public Access AED awareness, the Portage County EMS Association is sponsoring a Find-an-AED contest. Simply tell them about a Public Access AED you know about and you can win a prize. Prizes will be awarded to three people randomly drawn from all contest entries and one prize will be given to the person that submits the most entries.

To enter, simply email Portage County EMS Coordinator Michael Fraley at fraleym@co.portage.wi.us or send standard mail to Portage County EMS at 1462 Strongs Avenue, Stevens Point WI 54481. Include your name and the location of the AED including the business or building name, the street address and the specific location of the unit within the building.

See full contest rules and prize information and learn more about using a Public Access AED at the EMS website or Contact Michael Fraley at (715)346-1399.

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