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Indianapolis EMS Receives Federal Grant for AED Placement Program

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Indianapolis EMS has been awarded a three-year federal grant for an automated external defibrillator (AED) placement and use program.

The grant gives IEMS over $145,000 per year to create and implement the Indianapolis Targeted Cardiac Arrest Survival Program.  IEMS Deputy Director Dr. Dan O'Donnell says they're looking to improve cardiac arrest survival in high-risk areas around Indy.  Hey says they're able to map areas within the city where there are higher numbers of cardiac arrest and worse outcomes.

O'Donnell says the plan is to go into the community and meet with community leaders to develop a plan to do both CPR education and public AED placement.  Once the high-risk areas are identified, AED's will be distributed to those areas for public use, if needed.  He says the goal each year is to have at least 20 AED's placed across the city each year.

O'Donnell says they want to teach residents to understand the warning signs of cardiac arrest and what to do if they see someone going into cardiac arrest.  That includes compression-only CPR, calling 911 and, if available, using an AED.

IEMS will receive the federal grant in September and O'Donnell says they'll be looking to hire a program manager within the next few weeks.  He says an advisory board will then be established and they hope to begin implementing the program in early 2015.

The program is a joint effort including the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine, Indianapolis Department of Public Safety and IEMS.

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