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REMSA to donate AED to Discovery Museum



WHO: Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) and the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

WHAT: In order to keep children and visitors safe, REMSA has donated an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum and will be training the museum’s volunteers and staff on how to properly use the life saving device.

An AED is a medical device that delivers an electric shock to the heart of a patient in cardiac arrest. The shock can help restore a normal heartbeat.

WHEN: Thursday, June 14, 9 a.m.

WHERE: Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, 490 S. Center Street in Reno.

WHY: An AED is designed to be used by anyone in the community to deliver a shock to a victim, restoring normal heart rhythm after sudden cardiac arrest. For every minute that passes without defibrillation, a victim’s chances of survival decrease by up to 10 percent. In less than 10 minutes, a victim chance of survival is nearly zero without this lifesaving shock.

Nationally, more than 250,000 Americans die each year from sudden cardiac arrest caused by an abnormal heart rhythm. The most common being ventricular fibrillation (VF). This chaotic, irregular rhythm fails to pump blood to the body’s vial organs and sustain life.

Defibrillation, providing an electrical shock to restore a normal heartbeat, is the best therapy for VF. Unfortunately, for every minute that passes without defibrillation, the chances a victim will survive are drastically diminished.


REMSA is a private, non-tax subsidized, not-for-profit emergency medical services system serving northern Nevada. REMSA’s state-of-the-art 9-1-1 medical dispatch communications center is fully accredited, as are all emergency medical transport services of the company. REMSA provides quality patient care with no taxpayer support or other subsidies.

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