Volksbank’s Bad Urach branch has received a HeartSine automated external defibrillator (AED) that will protect over 12,000 citizens of Bad Urach in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) emergency.
The lifesaving defibrillator was installed in the self-service area of the bank, allowing easy access to the device 24-hours a day.
The idea of placing the HeartSine AED at the bank came from Bernhard Kruspe, a nurse who feels that it is extremely necessary to have a defibrillator available to the general public, as 84% of sudden cardiac arrest events occur outside of a healthcare setting.
In order to make this happen, Kruspe joined forces with the Björn Steiger Foundation to put a plan in place to present to the town of Bad Urach. He then presented his plans to the municipality, and they agreed to sponsor the project.
The Björn Steiger Foundation is a German charity that assists in providing funding for emergency services and rescue organizations. The charity plans on setting up 100,0000 AEDs in Germany.
The AED was installed by HeartSine German distributor, MedX5.
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