FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EASTERN MEDICAL SUPPORT DONATES LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT
TO CAPITAL REPERTORY THEATRE
Presentation of defibrillator scheduled for WEDNESDAY, January 18, 12:30 pm
At Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 No. Pearl Street, Albany
Amsterdam, NY — January 17, 2012 –Amsterdam-based EASTERN MEDICAL SUPPORT will present Albany’s CAPITAL REPERTORY THEATRE with a donation of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) on Wednesday afternoon, January 18, at 12:30PM.
Eastern Medical Support is donating the AED, all associated equipment, and training for staff. This equipment will allow Capital Rep staff to be prepared in the event of an onsite cardiac arrest – something that millions of people around the globe experience each year, according to the American Heart Association.
Reacting to the gift from Eastern Medical Support of Amsterdam, Capital Rep’s Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill said, “I am so happy that we now will have the ability to aid our patrons with this training and equipment. We could not have done it without the generous support of Eastern Medical Support.”
When cardiac arrest occurs, the importance of rapid defibrillation is vital. According to Eastern Medical Support President and co-owner Sean J. Piasecki, a rescuer has a critical 3 to 5 minutes to shock the victim’s heart. If done within this time frame, the victim has a 75% chance of survival. After the 5 minutes, if the victim doesn’t receive treatment, their survival rate decreases by 10% each minute. “Every second counts in cardiac arrest,” Piasecki states. “By having the AED ready and available, Capital Rep will ensure that help is available if the need arises – in a situation where time is of the essence.”
Having an AED has already proven beneficial for Proctors, which had four AEDs installed by Eastern Medical Support three years ago. Last October, during a dress rehearsal, a performer suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. With the help of a “doctor in the house”, and Proctors’ AED and previous training, the patient was given CPR/defibrillation swiftly, and is alive today.
Capital Repertory Theatre is a mainstay of the Capital District, known for more than 30 years as providing exceptional entertainment and community service to the Albany community – and well beyond. More than 5,000 performances occur here each year.
Eastern Medical Support is a leading provider of comprehensive occupational health services to clients across the globe. These wide range of services include AED corporate deployment, corporate first aid and CPR training, occupational medicine, emergency medical staffing services, and medical oversight and tracking.
The Amsterdam Fire Department recently acquired two bicycles. Sean Piasecki of Eastern Medical Support donated the bicycles, while Performance Auto Body of Amsterdam donated the lettering of the bikes and helmets. The units will be outfitted with medical equipment and manned by AFD firefighters/paramedics at certain events. The bikes will be used at events where vehicle access is limited. The bike EMS program treated five patients at the Amsterdam Park Festival in the photo is Amsterdam firefighter/paramedic Kenny Brooks, Sean Piasecki of Eastern Medical Support, and Amsterdam firefighter/paramedic Timmy Miller.
-Fire News Photo by Mark Perfetti