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  • ACOEM Joins Coalition Supporting Public Access to Defibrillators

    AD HOC COALITION TO SAVE LIVES
    THROUGH PUBLIC ACCESS TO DEFIBRILLATION


    March 25, 2013

    The Honorable Tom Harkin
    Chairman
    Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee
    Washington, DC 20510

    Dear Mr. Chairman:

    The 35 undersigned member organizations of the Ad Hoc Coalition To Save Lives Through Public Access to Defibrillation continue to salute you for exceptional leadership and commitment to HRSA’s Rural Access to Emergency Devices Program. During the FY 2014 appropriations process, we urge you to remain the champion of this initiative by restoring HRSA’s Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program to its FY 2005 level of $8.927 million when 47 states received funding under the rural component.

    The extraordinary demand for this life-saving Program continues, with requests for these competitive grants still far exceeding available funds. For example, during FY 2012, HRSA could fund only 6% or just eight of the approved applications for the Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program — four rural grants and four community grants were awarded. Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield, Iowa, was one of the fortunate applicants who was awarded a three-year grant under the community component.

    HRSA’s Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program saves lives from cardiac arrest — when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops. Funding for this Program is used to purchase automated external defibrillators, place AEDs in public areas where cardiac arrests are likely to occur, and train lay rescuers and first responders in their use.

    This Program produces results. Between August 1, 2008 and July 31, 2010, nearly 800 cardiac arrest victims were reported saved through this initiative. Less than 10% of sufferers of cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive. But, immediate CPR and early defibrillation, using an AED, can more than double a patient’s chance of survival. Communities with aggressive AED programs have achieved survival rates of nearly 40%.

    Please continue to help save lives from cardiac arrest by restoring HRSA’s Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program to its FY 2005 level of $8.927 million in the FY 2014 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriation bill. If you need additional information, please contact Claudia Louis at the American Heart Association at 202-785-7906 or Claudia.louis@heart.org We value your continued support of this Program. Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    24-7 EMS
    24-7 Fire
    Advocates for EMS
    American Ambulance Association
    American College of Cardiology
    American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
    American Heart Association
    American Red Cross
    American Safety & Health Institute
    Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc.
    Association of Critical Care Transport
    Cardiac Science Corporation
    Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation
    Congressional Fire Services Institute
    Emergency Nurses Association
    Emergency University
    First Safety Institute
    GotoAID
    Heart Rhythm Society
    Health Safe Solutions, Inc.
    Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association
    Lifework, Inc.
    MEDIC First Aid
    Medtronic, Inc.
    Mended Hearts, Inc.
    National Rural Health Association
    National Safety Council
    National Volunteer Fire Council
    Philips Healthcare
    Project ADAM
    Project S.A.V.E., Atlanta
    Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation
    Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association
    Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
    WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease