Senator Matt Klein Installs AEDs at the State Capitol
St. Paul, Minn. – Senator Matt Klein (DFL-Mendota Heights), one of two physicians in the Legislature, and Inver Grove Heights Mayor George Tourville on April 27 installed Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) on every floor of the Minnesota Senate Building. The defibrillators are located outside of the senate committee rooms on the first floor and outside of the elevators on other floors in order to provide immediate access in the event of an emergency.
“Sudden cardiac arrest is among the leading causes of death in the United States, in which 350,000 people will suffer from this year,” said Sen. Klein. “The only way to restore a normal cardiac rhythm to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest is by an electric shock or defibrillation through an easy-to-use AED. Each minute defibrillation is delayed, the victim’s chance of survival decreases by 10%, making convenient access to AEDs essential for survival.”
The Minnesota Senate Building now has AEDs prominently located on every floor.