EVANSTON — Five entities in Uinta County have received lifesaving AEDs to install in their buildings.
After recognizing a need for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), Uinta County Public Health response coordinator Susan Dasher reached out to the Southwest Wyoming Regional Healthcare Coalition for help. The coalition had funds available to purchase a few units, and through Dasher’s efforts, Uinta County received five AEDs to place as needed.
Those AEDs have been given to the City of Evanston, Uinta County Human Services, Uinta County Courthouse and Uinta County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office will receive two total, the second as a special Eagle Scout project.
An AED is often placed in a public building where crowds may be found because, in the case of a sudden cardiac arrest, seconds may mean the difference to someone’s life when an ambulance is minutes away. Today, most bus stations, airports, concert halls and stadiums have an AED available for public use.
The five new AEDs have automatic instructions to guide people in using them correctly if they are trying to help someone with cardiac arrest. Each unit has everything someone needs to use it safely until help can arrive.
The Regional Healthcare Coalition is a group of first responders, hospitals, trauma coordinators and public health offices that meet to share resources, ideas, training opportunities, exercises and funding. The group consists of agencies from Uinta, Sweetwater, Lincoln, Sublette and Teton counties and meets quarterly at various locations.
For more information about the coalition, call Evanston’s Uinta County Public Health at (307) 789-9203.