October 8, 2021
Dear Blowing Rock Homeowners,
The Blowing Rock Country Club shared an important video with us to make available to our community so that we may learn how to save a life.
I am sure you have all heard or seen an AED Defibrillator, so let’s learn what and how to use the device.
Watch the Instructional Video
Jean Kitchin, Communication and Marketing Committee Chair, and Kathy Graham, Director of Fitness, at the Blowing Rock Country Club were kind enough to create a brief instructional video on how to use an AED defibrillator.
Knowing how to use one could save a life.
Please click the link below to watch. Thank you!
What is an AED Defibrillator?
An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm; and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
Why learn to use one?
Sudden cardiac arrest is among the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, more than 350,000 people will suffer a cardiac arrest this year. Currently, the only way to restore a regular heart rhythm during cardiac arrest is to use an AED.
The average response time for first responders once 911 is called is 8-12 minutes, and for each minute defibrillation is delayed, the odds of survival are reduced by approximately 10%. Having access to and AED and knowing how to use one is critical.