TYRONE - The Tyrone Hospital auxiliary donated six Medtronic Physio-Control Life Pak Defibrillators to Tyrone Hospital.
This type of defibrillator, commonly referred to as an automatic external defibrillator is used to resuscitate the heart in instances of cardiac arrest.
The AEDs donated by the auxiliary have been placed in each of the buildings on the Tyrone Hospital campus.
Members of the Tyrone Hospital auxiliary are shown with leaders from the Tyrone Fitness and Wellness Center and the Tyrone Hospital education department. TFWC received one of the automatic external defibrillators that the auxiliary donated to the hospital. Shown are (from left): Nicole Schenk, TFWC coordinator; Jane Ashcroft, auxiliary member; Tom Smith, director of education and safety at Tyrone Hospital; Carolyn Cushion, auxiliary member; Virgie Werner, auxiliary president; Vicky Shaw, auxiliary member; and Murray Fetzer, TFWC director.
AEDs are now commonly placed in public areas to make it possible for more people to respond to a medical emergency where heart defibrillation is required.
Non-medical people can use an AED in an emergency situation, provided they have proper training.
Tom Smith, RN, director of education and safety at Tyrone Hospital, provided training for key personnel in buildings where the AEDs have been placed.