Learning About Lifesaving Technology

letter-to-the-editorHow many times have you noticed something on a wall of a public place called a ‘Defibrillator’ or ‘A.E.D.’?

I did notice one in the Anthony Amalfe Community Center here in Roselle and being a retired L.P.N., I did know what it was. I asked around and found out that most people had no idea. That’s when I decided that it was time we offered an opportunity to let the mysterious medical magic speak for itself.

Paul Mucha, deputy chief of the Roselle Fire Department agreed that ignorance is not always bliss and that the reason the defibrillators are out in public means that the public should know what they are for and how to properly use them. These are not inexpensive devices and although they don’t literally bring the dead back to life, (like on TV shows), there is the possibility they may provide the few minutes difference we might need.

One of the people who helped get this together is Jamel Holley, councilman-at-large here in Roselle. Mr. Williams and Mr. Mathis, who are responsible for the Amalfe Community Center helped me to find a date to have someone from the Roselle Fire Department to come in and go over what to do, how to do it and most importantly…what not to do. (Panic.)

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 1-3 p.m. at the Amalfe Community Center in Roselle we will have that demonstration. Maybe none of us will ever need to know it but isn’t it better to know it and not need it?

Technology is moving us ahead very quickly and this is one of those things that slipped by most people.

Sometimes the smartest question is the one that nobody can answer.

Barbara Cook, L.P.N.

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