The Ohio Turnpike
Commission is taking steps to help save the lives of travelers who
suffer sudden cardiac arrest. About 250,000 Americans die each year
from sudden cardiac arrest, according to the American Heart Association.
When a person
suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, their chance of survival increases
when defibrillation is performed.
is provided within five to seven minutes, the survival rate from
cardiac arrest is as high as 49 percent, AHA says. Survival rates
are as high as 67 percent when CPR and automated external defibrillator
(AED) treatment is given to a victim within five minutes.
To be prepared
for such an incident, the OTC has purchased 18 AED units, which
will be installed in the lobby area of each turnpike service plaza,
next to an emergency phone.
new technology is life-saving equipment, and, when seconds matter,
it can effectively bridge the gap until the local emergency responder
arrives," Dan Castrigano, the commission's deputy executive
director, said in a statement.
says it plans to train all service plaza managers/assistant managers
and other various employees. Service plaza restaurant vendors have
also been invited to participate in the training.
hopes to have the program up and running by March.