Mdewakanton LIFE Program
The purpose of the Mdewakanton LIFE Program is to create greater awareness, availability, and knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic 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 the Mdewakanton Fire Department to train first responders and place AED units throughout the area.
What is an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)?
An automatic 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.
Who May Receive an AED?
Priority is given to American Indian tribes in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, first responding agencies, and government agencies. Although we receive many worthy requests, currently, because of the large volume of requests we are unable to consider for-profit businesses, agencies serving less than 50 clients, churches outside of Scott County, and non-profits outside of the five-state area.
How Do I request an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) through the Mdewakanton LIFE Program?
Having an AED in areas of increased population has a high potential of saving a life. Apply online or send a letter with the following information:
- Organization name and medical director’s name.
- Description of organization/purpose.
- How the AED will be utilized.
- Area and population your organization serves.
- Contact name, telephone number, and address.
How Soon Will My Organization Receive an AED?
Based on our priority list, eligible requests are placed on a waiting list. AEDs are awarded as soon as practical, but due to high demand, the wait time may be a year or more.