The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) is delighted to announce that it has recently received a donation of 22 AED (Automated External Defibrillators) battery packs and 20 CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Kits from the Cayman Heart Fund. This generous donation means that these life-saving devices remain ready to be used in police stations and by front-line officers across all three islands, the Detention Centre, the RCIPS helicopter, Coast Guard vessels, and certain police vehicles.
“Our aim was to better equip first responders with the tools to render critical first aid to a victim experiencing a cardiac condition. This is part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the Cayman Islands community’s access to lifesaving equipment,” said Suzy Soto, Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Cayman Heart Fund.
“When a person suffers a cardiac arrest, unless they are treated within minutes, they usually die because blood is no longer being pumped to the brain and other parts of the body,” says Dr. Bella Beraha, Chairperson of the Cayman Heart Fund. “Quickly shocking the heart with an AED can save a person’s life after their heart suddenly stops beating.”
An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is a portable easy-to-use electronic medical device that any by-stander without prior medical knowledge can use when someone has a sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs themselves do not expire, however, their battery packs need replacing every three to four years to ensure they remain operational. The batteries of the RCIPS AEDs became due for replacement just as the Cayman Islands started to come out of the COVID-19 lock down in July.
“We are exceptionally grateful to the Cayman Heart Fund for their support over the years, from their initial donation of the AEDs, to this donation of replacement battery packs and CPR kits,” says Kurt Walton, Deputy Commissioner of Police. “Since their installation, our officers have been able to use the AEDs to successfully resuscitate persons undergoing cardiac arrest, possibly saving lives. This just goes to show what an invaluable resource they are, and how important it is for us to ensure that they remain operational, which this donation allows us to do.”
AEDs can be purchased from the Cayman Heart Fund for homes or workplaces. For every nine AEDs that the CHF sells, they donate the tenth one to somewhere in need. If you require further information, please contact the Cayman Heart Fund at: (345) 916-6324 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org