The community recently got an AED which is:

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that diagnoses and treats cardiac arrest by re-establishing an effective heart rhythm. This treatment is called defibrillation, which applies an electric shock to the entire heart muscle, uniformly clearing the electrical activity of the heart, hopefully allowing it to resynchronize.

according to the Wikipedia entry.More information about implementing an AED program may be found on the American Heart Association Website. The one Great Oak has is a Welch-Allyn AED 10 with a second battery and maintenance plan (they call to check that it’s in good shape) that an anonymous donor purchased along with a Welch Allyn Compact Wall Cabinet with Visual Alert and Audible Alarm (Model 002156-E). We then had our own Dr. Sickels give us a brief tutorial during a community meeting (he also gives free monthly presentations about health topics of current interest). We hope to never have to use it!