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Powers Lake Prepares to Become 1st Cardiac Ready Community

Date:  June 25th, 2015

Contact/Phone:  Mary Muhlbradt
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Powers Lake Prepares to Become 1st Cardiac Ready Community
Jake Douts and Kari Enget co-chair Powers Lakes' effort to become North Dakota's first Cardiac Ready Community.
Citizens of Powers Lake turned out in droves Wednesday night to celebrate the kick-off of their preparing to become the first community in North Dakota to be designated a “Cardiac Ready Community” by the North Dakota Department of Health.

The community-led initiative engages local citizens at a grassroots level to implement all of the key elements needed to be truly prepared if someone experiences a heart-related emergency. The elements include:
  1. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a cardiac event
  2. CPR training
  3. Calling 9-1-1 to start the emergency care system
  4. Having AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) available to get an effective heart rhythm started

“All of these small towns in rural North Dakota need to have bystander CPR and AEDs available,” said Jake Douts, who, along with Kari Enget, serves as community co-chair. “What we’re going to do is try to have a community where if anybody has trouble in the cardiac arena, we’re going to have somebody there to help and take care of them. That’s our goal.”

The Cardiac Ready Community initiative is facilitated by Trinity’s own Jeff Sather, MD, state EMS medical director and Trinity’s Chief of Medicine/ETC Director; Tom Nehring, Director of the ND DoH Division of Emergency Services and Trauma; and June Herman, Regional Vice President with the American Heart Association. SPACE index.php