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Foundation funds defibrillator for pool

March 18, 2009

The Fox Point Foundation will fund a defibrillator for the municipal pool when swimmers return this summer.

The device costs about $3,500.

The Village Board approved the purchase March 10.

Pool Manager Erin O'Donnell said the defibrillator could be used if a swimmer goes into cardiac arrest at the pool. While the Fox Point Police Department is nearby and would respond to such an occurrence, O'Donnell said, trained pool personnel could use the device until help arrives.

"For every minute that a person in cardiac arrest goes without being successfully treated by defibrillation, the chance of survival decreases by 10 percent," she said.

The defibrillator is a lightweight, portable device that provides an electrical shock capable of restoring a normal heart rhythm in cardiac arrest victims.

O'Donnell said pool staff members go through 40 hours of training prior to the start of each season. Training includes instruction on CPR and defibrillator techniques.

- Dave Fidlin, Staff Writer

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