Monroe County plans to install 60 Life Saving Station boxes in high-traffic areas across the county, enabling bystanders to provide emergency assistance before first responders arrive.
The boxes will contain an automated external defibrillator (AED); Naloxone, the life-saving opioid overdose medication; a bleeding control trauma kit with a tourniquet, gloves, gauze, EMS shears and a survival blanket; and hand sanitizer.
Easy-to-follow instructions will be printed on the kits and 9-1-1 dispatchers will be able to direct callers to the nearest box location, as well as providing instruction on equipment operation.
“We know that bystanders witness about one-third of all cardiac arrests,” Dr. Michael Mendoza, Monroe County commissioner of public health, said in a news release. “But being a bystanders does not me we have to stand by in the event of a life-threating emergency such as cardiac arrest or opioid overdose.
“With the right tools, training and support, bystanders can be lifesavers.”
The boxes will be installed in public buildings and county facilities, including Department of Motor Vehicles locations, the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport, Seneca Park Zoo, Innovative Field, Monroe Community College, county golf courses, downtown libraries, Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial and the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Funding is being provided by New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Installation is expected to be complete by the fall.
“This is about saving lives, when every second counts,” County Executive Adam Bello said.
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