When it comes to taking care of members, credit unions are well known for the trust and confidence they inspire. In the spirit of providing the best service and being in a position to save lives, credit unions can order automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at a discounted price through an agreement with the manufacturer, Zoll Medical.
Making these AEDs available is a clear symbol of credit unions’ philosophy of “people helping people” and how credit unions go above and beyond for their communities. Many thanks to Jon Looman, CEO of Community West Credit Union, for proposing this idea and helping to make it happen.
The Zoll AED Plus is available at a discounted price of $1,250 each, a 37% discount off the retail price. This price will be honored through Dec. 31, 2014. Some of the features of this device include:
- Instantaneous feedback for rate and depth of chest compressions through Real CPR Help feature
- Voice prompts as well as text display and graphic images with LEDs to walk a rescuer through the rescue process
- Powered by standard 123 CR Lithium (camera style) batteries that last five years (or 300 shocks)
The Zoll AED Plus is the first and only AED that can deliver a defibrillating shock as well as Real CPR Help technology that provides rescuers real-time feedback for both depth and rate of chest compressions during CPR. It provides the optimal support to rescuers of a cardiac arrest victim.
The chance of survival drops about 10% every minute if a bystander does nothing. If bystanders immediately begin CPR and keep it up the chance of survival only drops 3% to 4% per minute. Approximately 10 minutes after collapse, the chance of survival remains at least 60%.
One concern of credit unions and staff members is being at risk of civil liability when trying to help. Michigan has a strong good samaritan law that offers protection from liability:
- An individual who voluntarily renders cardiopulmonary resuscitation is not liable in a civil action for damages, except in cases of gross negligence or wanton misconduct
- An individual who voluntarily renders emergency services using an automated external defibrillator is not liable in a civil action for damages, except in cases of gross negligence or wanton misconduct
- The following persons are also not liable:
- An individual who instructs others in the use of an AED
- An individual or entity that owns or occupies the premises where an AED is used
Read more about Michigan House Bill 4420, the law regarding liability of bystander use of AED units, here.
MCUL has compiled a list of American Heart Association Certified AED and CPR training facilities throughout Michigan. You can access the list of certified training facilities here.
For more information about ordering or information about the device contact Zoll Representative Jackie Cichon at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 800-622-6808 Ext. 202, fax: 888-622-4155 or contact MCUL liaison Mary Rabban at email@example.com.
ZOLL AED Purchase Order Form
ZOLL AED Plus Product Details
ZOLL AED Plus Brochure