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Women's center receives needed defribrillator

Christian Craig, director of the Edgar May Health & Recreation Center, said, "In 2009, we saw close to 90,000 visitors and we take personal safety very seriously. We are extremely grateful to Stohrer and The Women's Health Center for their generous donation, which will help us in our efforts to provide a safe environment for our visitors."

Stand clear: Think you need an AED?

Thinking about an AED in your home, business, health club, library or senior center? It's easy to learn more. AEDs are accurate and easy to use. With a few hours of training, anyone can learn to operate an AED safely. There are different brands of AEDs, but the same basic steps apply to all of them. The AHA does not recommend a specific model.

•People who are responsible for operating an AED need CPR training

Early CPR is an integral part of providing lifesaving aid to people suffering sudden cardiac arrest. After the AED is attached and delivers a shock, the typical AED will prompt the operator to continue CPR while the device continues to analyze the victim.

•If AEDs are so easy to use, why the need for training?

An AED operator must know how to recognize the signs of a sudden cardiac arrest, when to activate the EMS system, and how to do CPR. Training also teaches the operator how to avoid potentially hazardous situations.

•Can anyone buy an AED?

AEDs are sold under guidelines of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA may require someone who purchases an AED to present a physician's prescription for the device. Your local EMS system can help you.

•How can I enroll in a CPR or AED class?

The American Heart Association offers CPR and AED training through its network of AHA Training Centers. To locate a Training Center near you, call 1-877-AHA-4CPR, or use our online class finder.

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