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The Newton Medical Center Foundation launched a campaign in 2001 to save lives in the community by making AEDs widely available. In addition, the Foundation provides training and Newton Medical Center provides physician oversight to not-for-profit organizations, law enforcement, schools and others to be able to use AEDs when needed.
The team at Byram Schools are among 3,259 individuals trained by Newton Medical Center since the program's inception. These AEDs and the people trained to use them have directly saved the lives of 37 members of the community.
The American Hospital Association reports that CPR combined with the use of an AED more than doubles the chances of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest compared with using CPR alone. Based on national statistics related to out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, researchers estimated that bystander CPR plus use of an AED in the U.S. and Canada saves 522 lives a year, or more than one life per day.
Newton Medical Center provides monthly AED training in conjunction with the American Heart Association. To learn more about AED training courses, please call 973.579.8340.