Two camps operated by the Girl Scouts of Western New York are now equipped with new, semi-automated external defibrillators provided through an underwriting grant from Univera Healthcare.
Thousands of girls and adults enjoy Girl Scout Camp Seven Hills in Holland and Camp Timbercrest in Randolph. With the AED devices, the camps will be better equipped to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest.
An AED, the size of a child’s lunch box, delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart that can stop an irregular rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume. The device also coaches the user in the proper administration of CPR. Immediate use of an AED, in conjunction with CPR, offers a chance at survival.
“In a cardiac emergency, it’s important to have an AED within reach since the likelihood of resuscitation decreases by about 10 percent with every minute that passes,” Univera Healthcare President Art Wingerter said in a news release. “These camps are in rural areas where it might take first responders several minutes to arrive on scene.”
Grants from Univera Healthcare and its parent health plan have placed more than 150 AEDs into service across upstate New York, including at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex, Old Fort Niagara and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.