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AED + Police Car Campaign

  • WPD seeks community’s help in equipping patrol cars with AEDs

    Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris wants more Woodburn residents to survive sudden cardiac arrest. That’s why he’s working to equip more of the department’s patrol cars with Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs. But the devices are expensive (costing about $1,000 per unit, including the cost of installation), so Ferraris is looking to the community for help in equipping 10 patrol cars with AEDs.

    “My officers have, in the time I’ve been here, responded to many, many calls for service where they’ve actually given CPR to a victim. Some have survived, some have not survived, unfortunately. I want to change those numbers up. I want more people to survive,” Ferraris said. “I have to suspect that an AED would have helped.”

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    More than 350,000 out-of-hospital incidences of sudden cardiac arrest occurred in 2016, with only 12 percent of victims surviving, according to the American Heart Association. While those with heart disease are at a higher risk, sudden cardiac arrest can happen in people who appear healthy and have no heart disease or other risk factors, according to the National Institute of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. According to the American Red Cross, improved training and access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year.

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