Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2017 11:19 AM
To: All - Site Managers
Subject: Having Defibrillators on-site
So, this is a little PSA and please do not feel the need to send congrats or anything of that sort as this is not intended to say "Hey look what I did!" but I thought it might be a good idea to share this with other Manager's out there.
On this past Wednesday I was part of a team of people, colleagues and strangers, who saved a woman's life because we had a defibrillator in house. A woman, who turned out to be one of our volunteer ushers on her way to the theater, collapsed across the street. A neighbor found her unconscious and called 911 just as I was passing by and without knowing if the woman was even in need of it, I ran to get our AED (automated external defibrillator). Two of our HMs came out with me and they, with the guidance of the 911 operator and the machine itself, which talks to you, re-started her heart and performed CPR until the EMT's arrived. The latest report from the woman's family is that she has woken up and is able to speak, etc.
I cannot express enough the importance of having an AED in a theater with the number of people that come through the building on a daily basis. If your company does not have one, please consider getting one. If cost has been an issue there are grants or possibly even programs through your insurance company that can help.
If fear of using one is an issue, put that fear away, the machine tells you what to do, and most importantly, what not to do.
Please, please, please talk to your Powers That Be and get one in your theater.
This is the end of my PSA.
The Music Hall