Avista donates automatic external defibrillator to NIC athletics

When someone goes into cardiac arrest, time is critical. Sometimes emergency workers’ best response times of six to eight minutes can be too long for a cardiac arrest patient.
In such cases, having a defibrillator on site that even a layman could operate correctly in an emergency situation could save lives.
North Idaho College now has that capability thanks to a donation from Avista Corporation of an automatic external defibrillator with an estimated value of $1,500.
Avista purchased 174 devices from Sciatra Medical, a supplier of Phillips automatic external defibrillators, for use in its buildings and service trucks. Another four were donated by Sciatra Medical to Avista for the company to distribute to the community.  
Pete Woods of Avista has two daughters who are alumna of North Idaho College, one of which worked in the athletics training room for three years. When he learned of NIC’s need for a defibrillator, he nominated the college as a recipient of one of the defibrillators.
The automatic external defibrillator is automated to begin instructing the user on how to use the machine as soon as it’s activated. Prompts tell the user how to attach the pads to the patient’s body and automatic check for a heartbeat before a shock is given. The machine even gives users step by step instructions on how to perform CPR.
“Anytime people gather or exert themselves they are at high risk for cardiac arrest,” said Kory Brown, president of Sciatra Medical, adding that the survival rate in these types of emergencies increases to 90 percent when an automatic external defibrillator is present.
Avista presented the defibrillator to the NIC athletics department recently and offered to provide the necessary training for the athletics staff.
The defibrillator will be kept in NIC’s Christianson Gym, but the entire campus will have access to it. 

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NIC Athletic Trainer Randy Boswell, (208) 769-3217

Posted: Monday, Sept. 25, 2006

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