Mdewakanton LIFE Program
The purpose of the Mdewakanton LIFE Program is to create greater awareness, availability, and knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs), as well as a faster first response to a cardiac incidence not only within our Community but within our neighboring communities. To achieve these goals, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is reaching out through Mdewakanton Public Safety to train first responders and place AED units throughout the area.
What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?
An automated external defibrillator is a small portable electronic device that can be used by trained non-professionals as well as Emergency Medical professionals. It analyzes the heart’s rhythm and tells the user to deliver a defibrillation shock only if needed. An AED will give voice prompts and screen displays to aid the user in how to attach the external electrodes, when to do CPR, when to stand clear while the AED is analyzing, and when to deliver an electrical shock to the victim if needed.