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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Partnership prepares library to help sudden cardiac arrest victims (USA)

People who suffer sudden cardiac arrest at District libraries now have access to Automatic External Defibrillators at all locations thanks to a partnership between the Federation of Friends of DC Public Library, Mended Hearts, Inc. and The George Washington University Cheney Cardiovascular Institute. "Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, at any time," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia. "Thanks to this generous donation, the Library and its staff are ready to assist should the need arise." The Federation of Friends of DC Public Library and Mended Hearts, Inc. jointly raised $35,000 to have AEDS installed in every DC Public Library. Their efforts were complemented by the Cheney Cardiovascular Institute which donated the remaining costs for the AEDs as well as CPR training for nearly 100 library staff as part of their ReStart DC program. The AEDs have been installed near the circulation desks at neighborhood libraries

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