Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System presented an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Walters State Community College Nursing Department on Tuesday morning. The presentation was yet another effort by MHHS to advocate for health in the greater Morristown and Hamblen County community.
“Part of our mission is to promote health in the community,” MHHS President and Chief Administrative Officer Gordon Lintz said. “Meeting this need for an AED was a great opportunity to partner with Walters State for their staff and education of health professionals.”
The AED will be placed in the college’s health programs division on its Morristown campus, where it can be used in case of a cardiac emergency.
As cardiovascular disease has become the leading cause of death in Tennessee, rapid defibrillation and high-quality CPR within three minutes of a cardiac emergency provides individuals with the best possible chance for survival. Each year, approximately 300,000 cases of cardiac emergencies occur in the United States. AED’s are effective in saving lives when used in those first crucial moments.
The devices can restore normal heart rhythms in those suffering a cardiac emergency and instruct those using them on the steps needed to ensure proper use.
According to the American Heart Association, individuals suffering from sudden cardiac arrest see their chances of survival decrease from 7 to 10 percent each minute that goes by without defibrillation.
“This gift is a valuable addition to the healthcare wing of the Clifford H. “Bo” Henry Center for Business and Technology,” Walters State Community College President Dr. Tony Miksa said. “With this AED, we have the very real possibility of saving the lives of students, faculty and staff who go into cardiac arrest.
“Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System has played a key role in the development and the growth of our health programs. This began 47 years ago when nursing students first received valuable clinical training at the hospital,” Miksa said. “Now, we have several disciplines that rotate through clinical sessions at the hospital. The college is grateful for this gift and for the continued collaboration between the college and the hospital.”