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Cedar Rapids Public Library getting defibrillator

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The downtown branch of the Cedar Rapids Public Library is getting an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) thanks to Mercy Medical Center.

The AED will be presented to the library on Thursday and will be placed in an accessible spot on the second floor of the library.

The portable device will check heart rhythm and send an electric shock to the heart of the victim to try to restore a normal rhythm if necessary.

"AED devices are a critical component in increasing survival rates among Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) victims," cardiologist Ryan Hollenbeck of Mercy Cardiology Clinic said in a written statement. "SCA is a leading killer in the United States, claiming more than 300,000 lives annually. Mercy is pleased to be able to present this life-saving device to the Cedar Rapids Public Library for the well-being of its staff and all patrons."

"The Library is a community hub, seeing more than 2,000 visitors a day, and the more we can do to help ensure the safety of our visitors, the better," Dara Schmidt, library director, said in a written statement. "We are thankful for the support of great community partners such as Mercy to help us in this endeavor."

At least 12 library staff members will become CPR/AED certified through the American Heart Association by the end of the year.

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