Lovelace Health System helps Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation place 10 AEDs across the State

ALBUQUERQUE, April 16, 2018 – Through a $10,000 donation, Lovelace Health System has helped the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation’s Project Pulse AED Program place 10 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in much-needed community spaces throughout New Mexico.

“We are very grateful to Lovelace Health System. Their donation will allow us to provide life-saving devices to community groups and businesses throughout New Mexico,” said Terry Harris, Executive Director, Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation (HHNMF). “Being able to recognize a sudden cardiac arrest, knowing the chain of survival, and being trained in CPR and AED use is our best opportunity to help save a life.”

AEDs are an important part of the resuscitation process, allowing those administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to deliver a jolt of electricity to restart a heart in the critical moments before emergency services professionals can arrive.

Seconds really do count in an emergency. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation to restore the hearts normal rhythm, the chances of survival decrease by about ten percent.  It is estimated that more than 95% of cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.  Using an AED saves lives!

Both Lovelace Health System and Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation have worked diligently to help promote cardiovascular heath in New Mexico through education and community health partnerships. Lovelace’s volunteer CPR education team, Resuscitation Rangers, educates people on providing hands-only CPR.  Project Pulse AED Program has placed dozens of AEDs throughout New Mexico.