July 2, 2004
The University of Maine at Fort Kent is now home to a new life saving Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) machine which is located in the athletic training office of the SportsCenter.
This acquisition was made possible through collaboration between the Maine Emergency Medical Service and Northern Maine Medial Center, who obtained grant monies to purchase the AED machines.
The machines were donated to the public through the "Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant Program". There were eight machines distributed this year and nine last year through the three year grant program.
The AED machines were distributed to non-profit organizations in highly populated areas with increased risks of cardiac arrest.
According to the agreement signed between the education department director at NMMC, Luce Landry, RN BSN and the athletic trainer at UMFK, Sara Kay Pittenger, MS LATC, the "purpose of the project is to provide quick access to early defibrillation for cardiac arrest victims in the hopes of increasing their survival rate."
"It is always a great benefit to have preventive measures and tools in case anything should happen. Having this AED machine in athletics will help us in any emergency that could arise. Being well prepared for all emergencies is what the Athletic Trainer is always striving for and this helps us to become one step closer," said Sara Kay Pittenger, MS LATC.
Along with the AED machines, NMMC also provides training in CPR, if necessary, and in the use of the machine itself.