Archive - Feb 22, 2011

Archive - Feb 22, 2011


Rural AED Funding Cut from FY 2012 Budget

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges Citizens to Contact Their Legislators

Funding for the Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) Grant Program has been excluded from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) FY 2012 budget, according to HRSA’s newly released “Congressional Justification for the Health Resources and Services Administration.” This is a decrease of $2.5 million from FY 2010.

The RAED Grant Program, which began in 2002, provides funds to community partnerships, which then purchase and distribute automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed in rural communities to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting 295,000 Americans each year. On average, only 7-8% survive. In communities that have rapid access to AEDs, the survival rate is 38%.

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