Russell County installs first public-access defibrillator - WRBL

Russell County installs first public-access defibrillator

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Defibrillator devices are often labeled by key signing, which can help locate them in the time of an emergency Defibrillator devices are often labeled by key signing, which can help locate them in the time of an emergency
The device, which folds open, has a voice to walk someone through the life saving process. The device, which folds open, has a voice to walk someone through the life saving process.
Pads, seen here still inside their sterile casing, are applied to the victim's chest. Pads, seen here still inside their sterile casing, are applied to the victim's chest.
PHENIX CITY, Ala. -

A newly donated defibrillator hangs inside the Russell County Courthouse. It is the first automatic external defibrillator for public use installed by the county.

"This is the only one we have in a public place," Russell County Emergency Management Director Bob Franklin says. "We have some that are in the patrol cars of the sheriff's department. Those things are getting close to the end of their life and we're going to try and work on some more grants to replace those as well."

The American Red Cross estimates that for every minute someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest goes without defibrillation, they face an additional 10 percent chance of not suffering. This device, hanging on the wall between the lobby and tag office, can be used by anyone to administer a life-saving shock to a victim. While 911 should always be called, it eliminates the wait for a defibrillator to arrive.

Learn More: American Red Cross on AEDs

Once retrieved, pads found inside the defibrillator are hooked to the victim's chest.

"You just stick those down and turn the machine on," Franklin explains. "[The defibrillator] just walks you right through it."

The device was one of a hundred donated nationwide by AED.com.

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