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Equipment / AED - defibrillator

Automatic External Defibrillators enable caregivers to give essential electrical shocks to a person whose heart has stopped beating effectively (VF) within the first critical minutes.

Why is this so important?

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults.

When cardiac arrest occurs, the heart electrical activity does not usually cease immediately but rather, the heart ineffectively “quivers” as many parts of the hearts independent electrical system try to start the heart beating. In order for the normal pacemaker to take over, an electric shock given AT THIS POINT can get the heart to effectively pump blood, and much needed oxygen, to the body cells. Unless this happens immediately, the heart will go beyond the “quivering” (VF) stage and stop all electrical activity (Asystole). Once the heart electrical activity stops, the person cannot be revived even with the most advanced medical care.

Keren Yosef provides emergency medical personnel, and others whom we train specially, with AEDs so an electric shock can be given as soon as possible in those crucial moments, even before the arrival of an ambulance. AEDs have been donated to Bet Shemesh / Ramat Bet Shemesh's Shabbat clinics, to local shuls through a special partnership programme and other places where many people gather regularly.

Defibrillators have also been donated and placed in yishuvim throughout Israel as well as national sites such as the Kotel, Kever Machpela, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai's kever in Meiron and the newly refurbished Churva synagogue in Jerusalem Keren Yosef provides the training for defibrillator use wherever they are placed.

defrib to rashbi's kever

Defribillator donated to the Kever of Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai

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Defribillator donated to the Churva Synagogue