Heart Safe Community

The Heart Safe Community program, sponsored by the Barton Health Foundation, is a community-wide effort aimed at educating citizens on the dangers of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The Heart Safe Community program is based on strategic placement of and easy access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public gathering spots throughout the South shore of Lake Tahoe.

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About the Initiative

According to facts published by the American Heart Association, each year in the U.S., there are over 359,000 Emergency Medical Services (EMS)-assessed cardiac arrests outside of a hospital setting. Tragically, less than 10% of victims survive. Communities with comprehensive AED programs that include CPR and AED training for community members have achieved survival rates of nearly 40% for cardiac arrest victims.

Manufactured by Zoll, the AEDs are available through the Barton Foundation for a tax-deductible donation of $2,300. Each AED comes with a metal case for wall mounting. Free CPR training through Barton Education and detailed instructions on using AEDs are included with the program.

There are two ways to participate in the Heart Safe Community initiative:

  • AEDs may be purchased directly through the program to be used at an establishment or gifted to local organizations.

  • Donors may contribute to the Barton Foundation’s Heart Safe Community fund, which will be used to purchase AEDs in the community.

Contact Us for any assistance or more information about giving to the Heart Safe Community initiative.

The AEDs are user-friendly and safe to use. Once deployed, the device uses audio instructions in both English and Spanish, to “talk” the person through the process with step-by-step directions. The AEDs also include a “child mode” for pediatric rescue.

“We envision AEDs placed where our community gathers – grocery stores, retail outlets, churches, schools, golf courses, sports fields, marinas, beaches, restaurants – anybody can use one, and the more that are available, the more opportunities there are to save lives.”

About Zoll AEDs

The ZOLL AED 3 defibrillator is a winner of the Occupational Health & Safety New Product of the Year and is the 5 Star Winner of the World of Safety & Health Award 2020 in recognition of outstanding product development and its ability to improve workplace safety.

2020 Award logos

Enhanced Real CPR Help – Proven Real CPR Help technology helps rescuers deliver high-quality CPR. ZOLL AED 3 has a full-color display with vivid rescue images, a CPR cycle timer, and a large color bar gauge that shows CPR compression depth. In addition to displaying integrated, real-time CPR feedback, the ZOLL AED 3 screen also includes one-of-a-kind intuitive touchscreen capabilities. The touchscreen allows quick access to AED information and enables configuration without the need for additional external devices or software.

Integrated Pediatric Rescue – The universal design of the CPR Uni-padz® electrodes gives rescuers a single solution for both adult and pediatric victims of SCA. To treat a child, use the same set of pads and simply activate child mode.

WiFi-connected – Cloud connectivity can enable automatic reporting of device status, giving you confidence your AED is ready in an emergency. WiFi also provides the ability to quickly access and transmit cardiac arrest event data to medical professionals.

Ongoing Giving Opportunities

In addition to our current initiative, you may also choose to support a variety of different programs at Barton Health Foundation. View below for additional details about other giving opportunities.