Vail Daily letter: Starting Hearts has led defibrillator initiatives
Regarding the article in the Vail Daily Weekly ending on March 16, Page 24, I personally want to thank you for mentioning external defibrillators. However, about 95 percent (very close to 300) of all defibrillators in Eagle County are there because of the hard efforts and fundraising of the Starting Hearts organization, in the past three to five years.
Most of the people that have been “trained” to use the device have been trained by Starting Hearts. In fact, in an emergency, one does not necessarily have to be trained. One must follow the direction as the defibrillator talks and leads step by step. Starting Hearts goes into the local schools and trains the students. Even 9-year-olds. In an emergency, anyone!
Most defibrillators can be found by its signage near the defibrillator, or by the free app PulsePoint which can be placed on one’s mobile phone. The app also gives directions for CPR and defibrillation.