LHE now has two Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the Clubhouse. One is in the Ballroom entry near the Exercise Room. The other is in the Pub entry near the kitchen “window”. Thank you to Linda McKelvey for her part in monitoring the machines and for organizing the AED/CPR classes. Those who participated learned to “Check, Call, and Compress.”
What is it?
The AED is a machine that will shock the heart into a normal rhythm when needed. It is called an Automatic External Defibril
lator. You can consider it a “jump starter” for the heart.
Can anyone use it? ANYONE can use the AED regardless of training or knowledge (although it is recommended that people have some familiarity with the equipment). The machine itself has voice instructions that guide you through the process of using the machine.
When do I use it? Whenever a person becomes unconscious (aka passes out or is not awake) you need to call 9-1-1 FIRST then grab the AED. If the person is awake and talking to you, then you DO NOT need the AED. If you are in doubt as to whether or not to use the AED, then call 9-1-1 and grab the AED and apply the pads as instructed and follow the voice prompts. It will NOT “shock” in error as long as the pads are applied correctly.
AED’s are found in many public places because this equipment is meant to be utilized by the general public until trained help arrives. We hope to be able to get some local first responders to come to Lake Henry to give us further instruction and demonstration. we will keep you posted on that. If you have any questions, or wish to get any further information, please call Linda McKelvey (309) 299-0733