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Potentially Life-Saving Devices Donated in Cedar Rapids
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) --
St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids has donated three automated external defibrillators to public areas in Linn County.
Officials say the new Cedar Rapids Public Library is getting two of the devices. The Linn County Fair is getting one.
The donations come from the hospital's Heart Safe Community program, which has donated more than 70 defibrillators to public locations in the area since 2002.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA) more than 383,000 Americans experience sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital. CPR and early defibrillation with an AED more than doubles a victim's chance of survival.
In 2002, St. Luke's says it donated 20 AEDs to some of Cedar Rapids' largest public facilities. In 2010, the hospital's foundation donated 50 AEDs to the Cedar Rapids Police Department - so every squad car could be equipped with an AED.