AED - Public Access Defibrillator Program

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Information:

AEDs are machines that can shock a heart with an irregular beat, back into a normal rhythm. AEDs are safe & easy to use after short training session.

PAD - Public Access to Defibrillation means making AEDs accessible in public or private places where large numbers of people or people at risk of heart attack gather.

The information on these pages is provided to help you develop a PAD program, so that you can have an AED in your building.




Every year about 220,000 people suffer cardiac arrest and only about 5 percent of them survive. Sudden cardiac arrest is usually the result of erratic electrical activity within the heart muscle causing the heart to quiver resulting in the failure of blood to pump through the body. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can restore some blood flow but it is essential that an electrical shock be delivered to the heart (defibrillation) in order to restore an effective heart rhythm. Death usually follows unless a normal heart rhythm is restored within a few minutes. Defibrillation is the only known treatment to restore the normal rhythm. For every minute defibrillation is delayed, the victim's chances of survival go down 7-10 percent.

Effective July 1, 2007: AED Requirements for Health Clubs and Health Studios – see below.



Sidewalk CPR

Sidewalk Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is an event held each year during National CPR Awareness Week. 

Learning to administer (CPR) is easy, and County Health and Human Services Agency and about a dozen organizations will be teaching people how to do it on Thursday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free "Sidewalk CPR Trainings" will be offered at 20 locations throughout the region.

The goal is to train as many people as possible to perform hands-only CPR  on adults. 

PAD Program Information and Resources:

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Thank you for your interest in starting a Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program in San Diego County. Early Defibrillation has been proven to save lives and improve the lives of people that have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. County of San Diego EMS believes that access to early defibrillation is the key to survival and encourages training in the recognition of a cardiac emergency and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to shock the heart into a regular rhythm.


For more information phone 619-285-6429.