July 31, 2014

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County courthouse adds lifesaving devices

MEDINA — Every year, cardiac arrest injures 200,000 Americans outside hospitals.

If that happens to someone at the Medina County Courthouse, a life now could be saved thanks to devices donated Wednesday by Medina Hospital and the Medina County Bar Association.

Three Medina County judges accept an automated external defibrillator from Medina Hospital President Dr. Thomas L. Tulisiak. The defibrillator will be one of two in the courthouse, and Tulisiak said they're used to treat people who have a cardiac arrest there. Pictured, from left to right, Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler, Domestic Relations Judge Mary Kovack, Juvenile/Probate Judge John J. Lohn and Tulisiak. Not pictured are Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier and Aaron Harrison, president of the Medina County Bar Association, which donated a second device. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

Hospital President Dr. Thomas L. Tulisiak presented an automated external defibrillator — AED for short — that can be used to correct irregular heartbeats with electrical shocks.

Cardiac arrests knock victims unconscious and can stop breathing, and if the problem isn’t addressed in four or five minutes, permanent brain damage can result, Tulisiak said.

“These devices can diagnose and treat irregular heartbeats,” he said, “and that can be lifesaving.”

Tulisiak said the hospital had donated AEDs to a variety of places and people since 2009, including police departments. On Friday, the hospital will donate another AED to the Montville Township Safety Services Center.

“It’s the volume of people who frequent the courthouse that makes it ideal,” Tulisiak said.

County Sheriff’s Sgt. James Kiousis, who provides security at the courthouse, said the two AEDs will be in the Domestic Relations section on the second floor of the courthouse and at the entrance.

Domestic Relations Judge Mary Kovack said there are about a thousand people who visit the courthouse every day.

The courthouse had AEDs before, but they were outdated, he said. Kiousis said these AEDs should last at least five years.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.