December 7, 2009
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MARTA Introduces Defibrillators Through ‘Project Jumpstart’
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) recently installed 100 Automated External Defibrillator (AED) units throughout the system as part of its “Project Jumpstart” program, designed to help save lives by using early defibrillation in case of sudden cardiac arrest.
As part of this program, the American Heart Association provided MARTA staff with training and certification for using the AED units.
“At MARTA, we are committed to contributing to the health and well-being of our community, and this program is an excellent way to further enhance that commitment to our customers and employees.” said General Manager/Chief Executive Officer Dr. Beverly A. Scott. “Having defibrillators readily available throughout the system will ensure a more rapid response during those first critical moments when cardiac arrest occurs and will help to increase the chance of a person surviving.”
The heart association recommends defibrillation within 3 to 5 minutes of cardiac arrest. When used in conjunction with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, AED units have been proven to save lives. An AED unit is small, portable, and easy to use and will allow for quicker and more effective responses from MARTA staff and emergency responders.