Heart-related emergencies in rural communities are hard to treat in a timely manner because of the distance from hospitals.
Hebron, North Dakota is one of the first western North Dakota communities to get cardiac-ready training.
The North Dakota EMS Division and the American Heart Association have teamed up to get communities across the state cardiac ready.
Marcy Dawson, a Hebron Ambulance volunteer says the extra defibrillators can make all the difference in her town.
“Hopefully that they can get faster health care and save a life,” says Dawson. Dawson is a nurse and said that she has been unable to provide the best care because her community does not have the supplies it needs.
“Out in rural North Dakota, its so far away. They shouldn’t have to die because they’re so far away from healthcare,” said Dawson.
Patients in Hebron have to travel at least 40 miles to get to the nearest hospital. Having AED’s throughout the community can save lives while in transit to the hospital.
The fundraiser included a health fair, with blood pressure screenings, CPR demonstrations, and flu shots.
Leaders of the Cardiac Ready Community Project hope to raise enough money to purchase 25 AED’s over the next five years.
Communities in other states that have done similar projects have seen the survivor rates of cardiac arrest increase dramatically.