AED - Public Access
External Defibrillator (AED) Information:
AEDs - 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.
DID YOU KNOW:
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.
CPR Training is available at many different levels and from many different sources. Your local fire agency or hospital is the best source to assist you with determining the best training for you. Make sure you attend the correct CPR Training Class to receive the correct CPR Certification for any specific employment requirements.
Hands Only CPR – The County’s EMS Section recommends that all members of the public minimally receive “Hands Only CPR” training. This training is easy to learn, only takes a few minutes and has been shown to save lives, particularly in conjunction with a nearby public access defibrillator if possible. Your local fire agency can usually direct you to a location where this training is available, or they can sometimes offer the training themselves.
These national organizations may be able assist you in finding a CPR class in your area:
American Red Cross - https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/cpr
American Heart Association: https://cpr.heart.org/en/find-a-course
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.