Osseo claims 1st Heart Safe Community title at North Memorial

The city of Osseo has become the first Heart Safe Community at North Memorial Medical Center.

Osseo Fire Fighter Mark Lynde and Paul Mendoza, with the Heart Safe Community Program at North Memorial, went before the Osseo City Council Monday, July 23, to share the designation title news.

Members of the Osseo Fire Department, Paul Mendoza, Heart Safe Communities Program from North Memorial, and Mayor Al Lindquist were present during the July 23 Osseo City Council meeting, where the city was named the first Heart Safe Community in Hennepin County. (Photo by Alicia Miller)

Members of the Osseo Fire Department, Paul Mendoza, Heart Safe Communities Program from North Memorial, and Mayor Al Lindquist were present during the July 23 Osseo City Council meeting, where the city was named the first Heart Safe Community in Hennepin County. (Photo by Alicia Miller)

“We are here tonight to honor the city of Osseo to become North Memorial’s first Heart Safe Community,” Mendoza said.

The American Heart Association (AHA) launched Heart Safe Communities across the U.S. Many communities across the country are Heart Safe. According to the AHA, for every 100 patients that arrive an in emergency room in cardiac arrest and have been treated with CPR, 95 will die.

With the aid of an Automatic external defibrillator (AED), a delivered shock with two minutes to a person in cardiac arrest has a success rate of 85 percent.

AEDs were originally designed in the mid 1990s for police and fire responders, Mendoza said. He added these easy-to-use devices improved some of the sudden cardiac arrest outcomes, but the AEDs were still arriving too late to save all people.

The city worked with North Memorial and its Heart Safe Community program to reach this designation. The goal of the program is to make the community a safer place to live, work and play by being prepared to reduce the number of sudden cardiac arrest deaths by implementing public access defibrillators throughout the community. The program also helped placed AEDs where people live, work and play and trained residents and business people of Osseo how to use them.

Osseo was put in the category of communities up to 5,000 residents. The city had to reach 300 heartbeats (points) to get the Heart Safe Community designation. The heartbeats bring awareness to the community. A minimum of 100 Heartbeats is required for CPR or CPR/AED training and placement of AEDs in the community. These requirements include a minimum of four training programs and four AED sites in public locations. In addition, a minimum of 40 Heartbeats from the required criteria of designated first responders with AED equipped vehicles and advanced life support personnel availability

Osseo had 560 heartbeats. These were calculated during Osseo Lions Roar last year and the Osseo Fire Easter Egg Hunt this past spring, along with the nine new AEDs located around the city. There were also six CPR and AED training sessions, where heartbeats counted.

Mendoza said as a gift for becoming a Heart Safe Community, Osseo received an AED trainer from North Memorial to practice on. The Fire Department will now be able to continue the AED training with this device.

The city also received a certificate with its Heart Safe Designation.

“Thank you for teaming up with us,” Mendoza said. “Together we are going to save more lives in the city of Osseo.”

Lynde said part of the success was the ability of the department being able to put more AEDs into the community. “Seven of the AEDs were [funded] by the Osseo Fire Relief Association,” he said.

Currently, the city has 27 AEDs within the city. Those businesses with AEDs inside, have a decal that is displayed on their front windows or doors.

Residents and business can still purchase AEDs through North Memorial. Contact Mendoza at heartsafe@northmemorial.com or at 612-325-3465.

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