Smithtown Public Library District has recently purchased and installed four Automated External Defibrillators, one for each of its branches. Each AED has both adult and child-sized pads, according to Library Director Robert Lusak.
"Many residents of all ages come in and out of our Library buildings daily and it is peace of mind to know that this possible life-saving equipment is on hand should the need arise," Lusak said in a written statement.
Over 350,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Red Cross."It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and at any age," reads the American Red Cross's website. "For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced approximately 10 percent."
Library staff members volunteered at each building to be trained how to recognize a cardiac emergency and in proper use of the AEDs to shock a heart back into a regular rhythm when indicated. In addition, all volunteers received CPR training.
"I was impressed with how many of our staff members volunteered for the training, which confirms the value our Library puts on these devices," Lusak said.
The Town of Smithtown recently agreed to have 2 AEDs donated by Kings Park Youth Athletic Association placed at Memorial Park for the hundreds of children who play sports on the field.