When a cardiac event happens, every second counts.
An initiative to replace and install new automated external defibrillators (AED) on Cranberry Township properties will help buy time in the event one of these unpredictable events occurs.
The Township, along with the Cranberry Township Community Chest and the Passavant Hospital Foundation, pitched in to purchase 18 Physio Control Lifepak CR2 Defibrillators to be placed in strategic locations around the Township.
The defibrillators have clear directions, audible prompts to guide a person through the process, and different settings for adults and children under the age of 8. The devices are also compatible with Cranberry EMS’ cardiac monitors, ensuring a smooth transition of care once crews arrive on scene.
Each kit contains the AED device, scissors, a razor for removing chest hair, a towel, gloves, and a pocket mask for CPR.
Locations for the AEDs include:
UPMC Passavant Graham Park - Pickleball Courts, Football Fields, Baseball Fields, Miracle League Field, and Soccer Fields
Community Park - Baseball Fields and Kids Castle Restrooms
Cranberry Highlands Golf Course - Clubhouse and Turfgrass Center
North Boundary Park - Restrooms and Waterpark First Aid Room
Municipal Center - Council Chambers and Staff Lunchroom
Public Works Building
Public Safety Training Facility
Brush Creek Treatment Plant
Additionally, eight police vehicles will be outfitted with the devices, as well as a dedicated device for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Several of the community access devices will be kept in lit, heated cabinets in the parks from 24/7 access from any visitor.
Time is Critical.
When the heart stops, the lack of oxygenated blood can cause death or permanent brain damage in minutes. Automated external defibrillator (AED) use can make the difference between life and death according to the American Heart Association. Early recognition, prompt hands only CPR, and early use of an AED allows for the best chance of survival from a sudden cardiac arrest.
Safety is a Priority in Cranberry Township.
The Municipal Center currently provides an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for public use, conveniently located in the center of the building, and just recently partnered with CTPA to provide AED's in outdoor locations in Cranberry's parks. Graham Park is the site of the first installation of this potentially life-saving device.