Historic Triangle Campus Gains Life-Saving Equipment

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Historic Triangle Campus Gains Life-Saving EquipmentStudents, faculty, staff and visitors at Thomas Nelson Community College’s Historic Triangle Campus will now have a better chance of surviving a cardiac arrest as a result of a newly installed Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The AED was provided through the Historic Triangle Public Access to Defibrillation initiative, funded by the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation.

An AED is a life-saving device that shocks a heart in sudden cardiac arrest, often restoring its regular rhythm. According to statistics shown in the Historic Triangle Public Access to Defibrillator Program information packet, survival rates are drastically increased when an AED is used within three to five minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest event. These statistics also indicate that sudden cardiac arrest is typically caused by ventricular fibrillation and is responsible for about 340,000 adult deaths annually in the United States and more than 300 in the greater Williamsburg region. About 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.