The Pulse3 Foundation (formerly Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation) provides automated external defibrillators (AED) to area schools, churches and nonprofit agencies with facilities where people gather in the Great Lakes Bay (Bay, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw counties) and the Thumb (Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties). The funding for this effort is provided by Shocks and Saves®, a charity hockey game organized in partnership with Mobile Medical Response and the Saginaw Spirit.
Does your organization have an AED on site? If not, we invite you to submit an application for consideration. Units are awarded annually in the spring. The application deadline is March 1 of each year.
Please note, there are two types of on-going cost requirements to consider when applying for an AED unit:
Equipment - The batteries and the pads for the AED unit have an approximate 2-year shelf life and will need to be replaced when they expire. If the AED unit is used, you will need to replace the unit's battery and pads before it can be put back into service.
Training - You must have a minimum of one person within the facility who has completed a certified course in basic cardiopulmonary and resuscitation and AED use. Certifications must be renewed every other year. In addition, all staff and volunteers within the facility must be trained on the internal emergency procedures related to AED use.