Litchfield News

Hospital donates life-saving equipment for fairgrounds (09-14-18)

Members of the Goshen Agricultural Society’s board of directors gathered at the Goshen Fairgrounds recently to receive an automated external defibrillator from Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. From left are Tony Damiani, Scott Fraher, Barbara Breor, Joyce Germano of Charlotte Hungerford, Theresa Walla Kelly and Richard Skargensky. Contributed photo
The inventory of safety equipment at the Goshen Fairgrounds now includes an automated external defibrillator that can be used on the victim of a heart attack.
The life-saving equipment was donated by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in August and was available during the Goshen Fair on Labor Day weekend.
“We are so pleased that we will now have access at the fairgrounds to this life saving device if the need arises,” said Barbara Breor, a member of the board of directors of the Goshen Agricultural Society. “We thank everyone at Charlotte Hungerford for their generosity and for their continued support in helping us ensure the safety of our visitors.”
The new ZOLL AED Plus device analyzes and looks for shock-able heart rhythms, advises the rescuer of the need for defibrillation, and delivers a shock if needed. When the heart unexpectedly and abruptly stops beating, it is usually caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation or VD. Effective treatment for this is an electrical shock which delivers an electrical current applied to the chest providing an opportunity for the heart's normal electrical system to take control. 
The device also provides real-time feedback on rate and depth of chest compressions and supports rescuers with integrated text, voice, and visual prompts to help guide rescuers. The latest American Heart Association guidelines suggest that successful defibrillation requires the performance of immediate “high quality” CPR. This means providing compressions at the proper depth and rate, making sure not to lean on the chest, and keeping interruptions to an absolute minimum. 
“Helping to ensure that members of our community have the best tools and resources to serve the people of region is an important part of our healthcare mission and outreach,” said Tim LeBouthillier, director of communications and community development at CHH.