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May 3, 2006

Albany -- Phoebe Putney Hospital and the American Heart Association are providing three new automatic external defibrillators to be placed at the Judicial Building, the Governmental Center, and the Central Square Building, to give life saving technology in case of cardiac arrest.

City and county employees volunteered for the three hour emergency medical training. The employees learn CPR, the Heimlich maneuver, and how to use the defibrillator, which provides a shock to jumpstart a heart in a person who has gone into cardiac arrest.

Dougherty County EMS Training Director Richard Roberts said, "The use of the A.E.D.'s has increased survival rates across the nation."

The defibrillators are automatic, telling the person each step to take diagnosing and helping a cardiac arrest victim. "Because they are so simple, they really prompt you to each step you need to take," Roberts said.

The defibrillators will be kept in one location in the downtown government buildings, and a list of those trained will be posted in case of emergency. If a medical emergency occurs, these people equipped with the defibrillators are better trained to help until first responders arrive, because every second could mean the difference between life or death.

"We decrease the time of the person that is in cardiac arrest, and that is only going to improve his outcome overall," said Roberts.

The defibrillators will be installed in the downtown government buildings within the next week, now that the employees have been trained. There will be refresher courses every six months.

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