The St. Louis Blues recently donated more than $3,300 to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital to fund automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for community organizations or schools in need.
Funds raised were from sales of a special T-shirt sold in the St. Louis Blues Team Store earlier this year to promote awareness of the need for AEDs in our community. The shirts will be sold again beginning in December.
Proceeds from the T-shirts are donated to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital to support the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center‘s effort to make more lifesaving AEDs available in the communities we serve.
AEDs are small, portable, battery-operated devices that can deliver a shock to the person’s heart to restore the heart’s normal rhythm. AEDs are available in many public areas so bystanders can access them if someone suffers a cardiac arrest. These devices are safe and easy-to-use—and they can save someone’s life.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 360,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospitals each year. The key to preventing death from a sudden cardiac arrest is intervention with an AED. The odds of surviving cardiac arrest decline dramatically during every minute that defibrillation and/or CPR is not provided.
If you would like your organization to be considered for an AED from the Heart & Vascular Center, please visit BarnesJewish.org/aed.
Read an amazing story about a man who was recently saved by CPR and an AED after suffering a heart attack and then going into cardiac arrest during a squash game: BarnesJewish.org/fredhawes.