More Indiana state troopers from the Evansville post will have a life-saving device onboard that could buy much-needed time in those precious seconds. The Evansville post received three brand new Automated External Defibrillators (AED) that can jump start the heart of someone who’s suffering from cardiac arrest.
According to the American Heart Association, more than 300,000 people die every year from sudden cardiac arrest.
Trooper Brock Buchanan, the first aid instructor for the Evansville post, has been working with AEDs for nearly a decade. He began working as an EMT in 2006 and spent five years serving in the military.
“Having [AEDs] more abundant in communities, more readily available and more people trained on them, it can have a higher success rate to save someone’s life,” Buchanan said.
In late March, the non-profit organization Bolt for the Heart presented Indiana State Police with a donation of 50 AEDs. Three of those units were given to the Evansville post, which already had seven units.
Buchanan said the donation will be especially critical in more rural areas in the district.
“In rural areas or your interstate areas, it may take 10 plus minutes for emergency crews to get there,” Buchanan said.
Individually, the new AEDs are no bigger than a child’s lunch box. However, the device essentially makes itself fool proof when it comes to using it. Once a trooper opens the lid, the device automatically powers on. A pre-recorded voice also guides the user through each step of the process. Once the pads are placed on the chest and back of the patient, the device will determine whether a shock is needed. If a shock is indeed needed, the device will automatically administer the life-saving shock.
Speaking from experience, Buchanan said the device can be the difference between life and death.
“It’s very rewarding knowing that you have the equipment to save somebody’s life immediately,” Buchanan said.