Health professionals have a duty to respond to a person in cardiac arrest with an automatic external defibrillator (AED) which shocks the heart back into rhythm.
The original AEDs acquired by the Foundation through the Missouri Foundation for Health, for the Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) program, are now in need of replacement. The St. Louis Fire Department Foundation is vital to resupplying the aging inventory which will take $200K to complete.
An electrocardiogram defines the electrical activity of the heart. The printed record of the electrical activity of the heart is called a rhythm strip or an ECG strip. In 2010 the STLFDFoundation requested the St. Louis Fire Department Foundation fundraise to replace aging 12-lead monitors with up-to-date monitors which transmit vital cardiac data to area hospitals.