Zion is very fortunate that we have only had to use our Automated External Defibrillators (AED) system once in the past 12 years. This past February, our unit was used on a church member for the first time and was very successful.
Each time it is used the system has to be recharged and calibrated. After this was done Phyllis Lundeen, our contact person through Allina Heart Safe Communities, suggested that since our model was older we should consider purchasing a more current one. Ours was basically past its prime. The purchase price for a new one was $1600. It was then brought to my attention that we could apply for a grant through Allina. I applied for the grant in March, and in May we were happy to find out that we were selected as one of the 20 grants available throughout the state. This grant was worth $800. A pediatric key (allowing adult pads to be used on children) was donated to us as well through the Allina Heart Safe Program, saving us an additional $81.
Several members and staff attended a July training class, hosted by Phyllis Lundeen, on how to use this new system. The AED is checked on a monthly basis to make sure it is charged and ready to go. The unit is stored in a white metal box on the wall close to the Information Desk. If you have any questions regarding this system, please feel free to contact me.