Walk the Walk

Walk the Walk

As the May 16th Walk for a Healthy Community approaches, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is looking to survivors of the potentially fatal condition of sudden cardiac arrest to tell their stories and demonstrate that so many lives can be saved if more people take the initiative to learn CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
One such survivor, Beverly Buxareo, a teacher at Vincentian Academy, a Pittsburgh area high school, is living proof that SCA need not be a death sentence. Buxareo suffered SCA in Pittsburgh's North Park several years ago. “She saved my life,” Buxareo said recently of the woman who gave her CPR until EMTs arrived to administer shocks from a defibrillator. To this day, Buxareo doesn’t know the identity of her rescuer, but she will never forget the kindness and courage of the stranger who saved her life. “We have to count on each other,” is the lesson she took from that experience and the message she is anxious to share.

Pittsburgh area resident Sue Hostler is no stranger to SCA. In August 2013, she was traveling for business at the Philadelphia Airport when she encountered a young man who suddenly collapsed in cardiac arrest. She saved the life of 25-year-old Bob Hallinan by giving him chest compressions for 17 minutes. “The thing that is most striking to me,” said Hostler, “is that sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.”
Please join or support our team and visit us at the Walk for a Healthy Community on Pittsburgh's North Shore at Booth # 61. Local partner training organization, Start-the-Heart, will be providing CPR and AED demonstrations. An AED will be awarded to the individual or team raising the most funds for the SCA Foundation through the Walk ($1,000) minimum. The public is invited to join the SCA Foundation team in person, virtually, or by making a donation.


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SCAFoundation wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Hi Bruce, Thanks for

Hi Bruce,

Thanks for commenting.

Here are the basics about using an AED:

  1. Turn on the AED's power. The device will give you step-by-step instructions. You'll hear voice prompts and see prompts on a screen.
  2. Expose the person's chest. If the person's chest is wet, dry it. AEDs have sticky pads with sensors called electrodes. Apply the pads to the person's chest as pictured on the pads. Place one pad on the right center of the person's chest above the nipple. Place the other pad slightly below the other nipple and to the left of the ribcage.
  3. If a shock is needed, the AED will let you know when to deliver it. Stand clear of the person and make sure others are clear before you push the AED's "shock" button. 

For more information, click here.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

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bruceandrus wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

thank you so much for this

thank you so much for this much helpful post and must be spread on a wide level. and when it comes to me i know how to give CPR and have no clue on how to use automated external defibrillators.

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Bob Trenkamp wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

no clue on how to use automated external defibrillators.

For free AED instruction and Adult CPR you've never seen before, go to www.slicc.org and click on "For past trainees" in the left column.



Bob Trenkamp, President
Saving Lives In Chatham County

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