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Heart Walk Team Asks,
‘Do You Know About AEDs?’
submitted by Sandy Teger
We don’t hear much about the people of the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District,
but whenever we have an emergency, we are fortunate to have them serving
us. Every year, some members of the Sanibel-Captiva Heart Walk team visit
the Palm Ridge Road fire station for a picture with their personnel. They also come
to the Heart Walk, in case their help is needed. Last year, Tim Barrett, training officer
for Sanibel Fire and Rescue, and his colleagues were present to demonstrate and bring
awareness to the life-saving importance of CPR.
Members of the Sanibel Fire and Rescue squad are trained in CPR, but they are
not likely to be around when someone suddenly suffers a cardiac arrest, a condition
in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
The good news is that there are new portable automatic electronic defibrillators
(AEDs) and they are increasingly installed at locations where a number of people
gather – like hotels and recreation facilities.
An AED checks a person’s heart rhythm. It can recognize a rhythm that
requires shock, and if needed, send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore
a normal rhythm. The AED uses voice and other prompts to tell the rescuer the
steps to take.
According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, when a person suffers a
sudden cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by seven to 10 percent
for each minute that passes without defibrillation. AEDs make it possible for more
people to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required.
The next time you are at a place on Sanibel where people gather, take a look
around or ask if they have an AED. Here are a few of the categories and locations
that had AEDs last time we checked:
• Schools: The Sanibel School and Sanibel Sea School;
• Churches: St. Isabel Catholic Church, St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal
Church, Sanibel Community Church, Sanibel Congregational United Church of
• Condominium complexes: Mariner Point, Ocean’s Reach, Sandy Bend Resort,
Sundial Beach Resort and Spa, Gulf Beach Condominium;
• Recreation/fitness establishments: Beachview Golf Club, The Sanctuary Golf
Club, Sanibel Marina, Sanibel Recreation Center, Center 4 Life, JN “Ding” Darling
National Wildlife Refuge;
• City/civic locations: Sanibel Public Library, BIG ARTS, Sanibel Public Works,
Sanibel Police Department, Sanibel Fire Department, Donax Wastewater Facility;
• Miscellaneous: The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, Island Management
If you are involved with an organization or location where numerous people
gather, you might think about whether that organization should procure and get
trained in the use of an AED. Someone’s life might be saved by it.
We invite you to join the Sanibel-Captiva Heart Walk team and some members
of the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District for this year’s walk. It will take place
on Sunday, January 28. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. and the non-competitive,
family-friendly walk starts at 3 p.m. at The Community House, located at 2173
Periwinkle Way. Before the walk, Barrett will demonstrate how easy AEDs are to
use and tell you why the fears some people have about using them are baseless.
The walk is within a safe, closed loop, and walkers may do as many as laps as they
wish to complete a 3.2-mile (5K) or optional one-mile course. To join a team or
donate, visit ww w.SanibelCaptivaHeartWalk.org.
We thank The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company and Il Cielo, who are once
again the walk ’s platinum sponsors. If you are interested in becoming one of our
sponsors or for further information regarding the walk, contact Lee Heart Walk
Director Kelly Glewa at 340-2407 or Sandy Teger at 973-420-3233 .
A few members of the San-Cap Heart Walk team and personnel from the Sanibel Fire and
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