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Revive and Survive: AEDs for Non-Profits in Western Indiana

A Life-Saving Community Partnership

The Revive & Survive program strives to expand public awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and increase survival rates by deploying life-saving AEDs to not-forprofit organizations throughout Tippecanoe, Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Warren and White counties.

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Revive and Survive

About the Program

Public defibrillators for a heart safe community

The mission of the Revive and Survive program is to save lives by deploying automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to non-profit organizations throughout Tippecanoe, Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Warren and White counties.

Revive & Survive wants to give everyone struck down by sudden cardiac arrest another chance at life by deploying life-saving AEDs to key locations where people live, work and play. This enables the first person on the scene, even someone with minimal training, to give a life-saving shock before paramedics arrive to deliver advanced emergency care.

Eligibility

  • 501(c)(3) - not-for-profit organizations are eligible, however hospital owned agencies do not qualify for this program. Organizations whose funding is tax-based do not qualify for this grant.
  • Site must be located in one of the following eight counties: Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren or White
  • Site must agree to maintain the AED and conduct routine maintenance checks

Applicant responsibilities​

  • Complete the online application.
  • Complete site self-assessment survey.
  • Develop site specific AED policy and procedure (assistance provided).
  • Maintain trained responders.
  • Conduct regular maintenance checks.
  • Report utilization events and download event record to the Revive & Survive program.
  • Assume responsibility for continued support of the AED program after five years.

What selected sites receive

  • Placement of one to three AEDs per site.
  • Training of up to 5 persons per AED placement at no charge from the Franciscan Education Center.
  • Commitment to training additional responders as needed.
  • Physician medical direction.
  • Notification of device location to local EMS. Equipment warranty for five years.
  • Post-event servicing.
  • Alarmed wall cabinet for AED storage and accessibility.
  • Replacement of defibrillator pads and batteries for five years.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

In sudden cardiac arrest, every minute counts.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly due to a malfunction in the heart's electrical system. The malfunction that causes SCA is a life-threatening abnormal rhythm, or arrhythmia. The most common arrhythmia is ventricular fibrillation (VF).

Unfortunately, anyone can suffer sudden cardiac arrest. SCA is unpredictable and can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere – even teenagers. Although pre-existing heart disease is a common cause of cardiac arrest, many victims have never had a heart problem. Risk does increase with age.

A victim in SCA first loses his or her pulse, then consciousness, and finally the ability to breathe. But all of this happens quickly – in a matter of seconds.

CPR Won't Help in Sudden Cardiac Arrest

CPR is just a temporary measure used to continue a minimal supply of oxygen to the brain and other organs. When someone is in sudden cardiac arrest, defibrillation is the only way to re-establish a regular heartbeat.

Every Minute Counts

The chances of survival decrease by 10% for every minute that passes following SCA. An electrical shock to the heart is the only effective treatment.

Before automated external defibrillators (AED) were available, the technology to deliver this lifesaving treatment had to be brought to the victim by emergency response personnel, costing the victim precious minutes. Survival rates nationwide were historically less than 5%.

However, survival rates above 50% have been achieved in locations with public access to defibrillation programs by putting AEDs where people live,work, pray and play.

Is Sudden Cardiac Arrest the Same as a Heart Attack? 

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is not the same thing as a heart attack, although a person suffering a heart attack has an increased risk of SCA. 

Heart Attack

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Cause

Caused by a blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the heart.
The affected heart muscle then begins to die due to lack of oxygen.
Caused by an abnormal heart rythm, usually ventricular fibrillation. 

Warning Signs

Often preceded by chest, arm, upper abdomen, or jaw pain; nausea
and sweating are common. 
Rarely a warning. 

Victim's Response

Usually remains consious and alert.  Always loses consciousness. 

Risk of Death

With proper treatment, many people survive.  90-95% will die, unless a defibrillation shock is delivered within 10 minutes of collapse. 

The Revive and Survive program wants to parner with your 501(c)3 organization to make our community a heart-safe community. 

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Revive and Survive is managed by the​ Franciscan Education Center in Lafayette, IN, through a grant provided by North Central Health Services. If you have any questions about the program, please call the Franciscan Education Center at (765) 449-5133.

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