As part of our community outreach, Medstar has developed a grant program to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to schools, churches, and other nonprofit and civic organizations in our service areas.
Since 2015, Medstar has donated 40 AEDs and trained 1,300 people in CPR.
If your organization would like to apply for one of the grants that provide no-cost AED and CPR training, please fill out the form below.
What is an AED?
An AED is a computerized medical device that checks a person’s heart rhythm and detects irregular, too fast, or too slow heartbeats. Once the issue is identified, the AED uses voice prompts, lights, and text messages to tell the rescuer what to do. Then, if necessary, the AED automatically delivers the appropriate electrical shock to help the heart re-establish a normal rhythm.
AEDs are used to help someone who is having a sudden cardiac arrest, which is different than a heart attack. A heart attack happens when a blockage stops blood flow to the heart. A cardiac arrest is when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions.
AEDs can also restore a heartbeat if the heart suddenly stops. AEDs are very accurate, and with a few hours of training, anyone can learn to safely operate an AED.
What is CPR?
CPR is a lifesaving emergency procedure used when someone has stopped breathing or their heart has stopped beating. It begins with hands-on chest compressions and, if trained, may include artificial ventilation such as mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths or a device that pushes air into a person’s lungs.
CPR can help keep oxygen flowing to the brain and other vital organs until further measures can be taken.