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American Heart Association Presents the Zoo with an Automated External Defibrillator
American Heart Association Presents the Zoo with an Automated External Defibrillator

The local affiliate of the national American Heart Association is presenting the Zoo an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on behalf of a local family foundation who chooses to remain anonymous.

“We are honored to help continue to protect the Jacksonville community for which we serve. Facilitating donations such as this AED are a vital part of the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke,” states Rebecca White, Vice President, American Heart Association-first coast Market.

An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life-

threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation—the application of electrical therapy,  which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish and effective rhythm.  To put it plainly, it can save someone from dying of a heart attack!  AED’s are designed to be simple to use for the layman, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aide, first responder, and basic life support level CPR classes.  Experts claim that the AED is the single greatest advancement in the treatment of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest since the invention of CPR.  

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Security staff, led by Kathleen Buckley, is well trained in all first aide, first responder and CPR and will be using the life-saving device on visitors and employees as necessary.  The Zoo already has an AED located near its Wildlife Carousel toward the back of the Zoo.  Having one at Main Camp will help shorten the time that help can be administered and is certain to help save more lives.

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