project leader
Timothy S
West 65th street
(Detroit Shoreway)
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First AED placed

the project

Two things that can greatly increase the survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest: immediate CPR and rapid use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Through the Gordon Square CPR initative, 48 people have already been trained in CPR and AED use, and because of the generosity of the Cleveland Clinic, an additional 48 people will be trained throughout 2018.

During every CPR class, the quesion always comes up, "Where are the AEDs in this neighborhood?" While there are already AEDs in pubilc schools, libraries and rec centers, I believe that there is still room for improvement. Since Sudden Cardiac Arrest is far more common that a death by fire, I believe that AEDs should be just as common as fire extinguishers. Many areas of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood currently lack AED coverage including:

  • The Gordon Square Arcade
  • The Capitol movie theater
  • Local community theaters, such as Cleveland Public Theatre and Near West Theatre.
  • Local churches
  • Local restaurants
  • Multi-unit apartment buildings, especially senior high-rises

the steps

Gordon Square CPR will expand it's role to include placing AEDs in high-traffic and high-risk areas of the community and identifying partners to ensure the AEDs are maintained.

why we're doing it

According the the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 people experience an out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest each year. Locally, Cleveland EMS attempted resuscitation on 538 persons in 2017. According to local media reports, only 26 (5%) survived neurologically intact.

Through the Gordon Square CPR AED program, we aim to increase the chances of survial from Sudden Cardiac Arrest within the community and ultimatly save lives.


  • Refurbished AED: $700-$1,200
  • Wall cabinet: $100
  • CPR breathing mask and other accessories: $20

Inital total: $820- $1,320

Replacement batteries and pads:

  • $100-$250 every 2-5 years depending upon manufacuer.

Total cost over time: $920- $1,570

+ Ioby 3% (Detroit Shoreway Community Development Agency will act as my fiscal agent.)

Total needed=$947-$1,617


First AED placed

Our first Public Access AED is now in place at Gypsy Beans coffee shop and bakery at 6425 Detroit rd in Cleveland. Thanks to the managment of this buisness for partnering with us to make this possible. We look forward to placing more AEDs throughout the neighborhood.

Public Access AED programs: building resilience for when EMS will be delayed.

Studies have linked climate change to an increased risk of nautral disasters. As demonstrated during hurricanes Harvey and Maria, the medical system has the potential to be compromised during a disaster event. One news organization estimated that over 1,000 additional people died in Puerto Rico after Maria, not from direct storm injuries, but from the lack of medical care after the storm. EMS systems that respond to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) are particularly vulnerable during a disaster, as their response is often so delayed that there is little chance of meaningful resuscitation.

While hurricanes are are rare in Cleveland, natural events such as blizzards, severe storms, and flooding often delay EMS response. Man made events, such as championship parades, protests. and road races, also stress EMS systems because not only do large crowds restrict travel, but many participants also require EMS services. Large events also impact the health and wellness of those located near the event. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine documented an increased mortality among nearby residents during major marathon events. The author's speculated this was likely due to a delayed EMS response.

One way to combat the increased morbidity and mortality that comes with a delayed response is via a Public Access AED program. A recent American Heart Association study found that public access AEDs were effective in increasing survival in areas with a prolonged EMS response. By placing more public access AEDs and providing CPR/AED training, Gordon Square CPR is not only preparing for everyday emergencies, but also building critical resilience infastructure for times when EMS will be delayed.

As seen on News Channel 5

Few emergency prepairdness items are more valuable than an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). This is especially true in times when EMS may be delayed, such as during a nautral disaster. In this neighborhood, however, there are very few AEDs outside of public schools. This Newschannel5 story talks a little about how this initative aims place more AEDs in high-risk and high-traffic areas of the community.

Study shows early AED use results in 66% SCA survival.

A recent study found that the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest double when an AED is applied before EMS arrives at the scene.


Interested in learning where the AEDs are located in your community? Download the free Pulsepoint App

This app was created primarily to send text alerts to CPR-trained bystanders in the event of a Cardiac Arrest in a public place, but i also shows the locations of registered AEDs within a community. 



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