AED Life-Saving Equipment Grant

5 Feb 2019 CFMC News, Grants

Caswell Family Medical Center Accepts Grant Support for AED Life-Saving Equipment

Since opening Urgent Care, Caswell Family Medical Center has proudly served the community with walk-in access to acute care needs. While the mission is to provide urgent care services that would be typical of any other urgent care practice, it is not uncommon for patients to present us with chest pains and other conditions that require a much higher level of care than CFMC is equipped to handle.

CFMC partners closely with Caswell EMS to make sure that patients needing care from an Emergency Room get to the ER in the safest and quickest way possible.

Transferring patients between facilities takes time, and in certain situations, every minute counts. While we hope to never use it, it was determined that CFMC needed an updated automated external defibrillator (AED).

An AED is a device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. If not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death.

CFMC has been awarded $1,600 from The Caswell Fund and $2,000 from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region to cover the cost of purchasing an AED.

“On behalf of individuals that trust CFMC with their health care, I extend genuine gratitude for the continued support of the Caswell Fund and from the Community Foundation,” said William Crumpton, CFMC Chief Executive Officer.

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