AEDs are used to assist people who have gone into sudden cardiac arrest. The medical devices can analyze a person’s heart rhythm and deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help re-establish the heart’s rhythm.
“We are happy to support the historic Fairmont Opera House with this vital medical equipment that can truly save lives,” says Marie Morris, M.D. medical director, Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont.
According to the American Red Cross, sudden cardiac arrest is among the leading causes of death in the U.S., with more than 350,000 cases per year.
The AED was funded through a Hometown Health Grant. The Fairmont Opera House is a historical arts and entertainment center that hosts live performances throughout the year.
“The Fairmont Opera House (FOH) very much appreciates the opportunity to partner with Mayo on providing FOH with potentially life-saving defibrillator equipment,” says Michael Edman, chair of the Opera House Board of Directors. “While FOH hopes to never need to use it, we are grateful for the donation from Mayo, and I know it will give some of our patrons peace of mind once we are able to fill our seats again.”
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.
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