MME (MASTER MEDICAL EQUIPMENT) will host the Friends of Heart Quarterly Educational Social. The fund was formed in order to expand the level of cardiovascular services offered to residents of West Tennessee. All funds raised for Friends of Heart stay within the region by way of the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation.
The focus of the meeting will be to further 4 important initiatives:
-Increase opportunities for Clinical Research and Technological Advancement in West TN
-To develop & fund better Community Outreach initiatives, Education, and Resource Development
-Provide a mechanism for improved Staff Education and Development
-Construction of the first integrated Heart Hospital within our 18 county region.
Master Medical Equipment (http://MMEmed.com)) is a supplier of professional medical equipment for
hospitals, clinics, EMTs, veterinary and educational facilities throughout the US and beyond. In support of the Friends of Heart fund, MME has agreed to donate a portable AED to the Jackson Futbol Club. Amy Jones, Director of the JFC, will be present on behalf of the club to receive the AED. Also, at 6:00 pm on January 15th, EMTs will be on location at MME to offer a first responder, life-like
demonstration of cardiac arrest and the importance of CPR with AED resusitation.
AEDs are a very important part of the total response to sudden cardiac arrest in the community.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and it claims approximately 365,000 lives in North America each year. Most commonly this sudden cardiac arrest, or stoppage of the heart, occurs because of an electrical event. Automatic External Defibrillators in the community allow bystanders to deliver a shock to a patient’s heart quickly while others proceed to contact and/or
direct medical professionals to the scene. Survival is directly linked to the time interval between the SCA and the first AED shock delivered to the victim. Statistics validate that when a shock is delivered within one minute, survival rates can increase seventeen fold from 5% (by relying on EMS only to respond) to levels as high as 86% in some cases.