MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The WVU Medicine East Foundation recently purchased an automated external defibrillator for the Good Samaritan Free Health Clinic in Martinsburg.
Clinic officials had been trying for some time to acquire funding for an AED. Then someone suggested reaching out to the hospital foundation. The request was presented to the foundation board of directors in May and approved unanimously, according to a news release.
An AED is a portable, battery-operated device used for cardiac arrest that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. Recent studies found that people are more likely to survive a cardiac arrest if a defibrillator is used while waiting for emergency medical services to arrive, the release states.
The Good Samaritan Free Health Clinic is a Christian faith-based medical clinic that has been providing free medical care, medications and spiritual care to the uninsured or underinsured since 2005. The clinic is funded through donations and grants.