AEDs are mandated for most shopping malls and other public buildings, although placement of these lifesaving devices is inconsistent and unreliable. Organizations and businesses are often hesitant to put AEDs where they are easily available and clearly identified. By spreading the word at your school, workplace or public building about where AEDs are located, you could be saving a life. You can also download a free cell phone app that pinpoints nearby AEDs.

Approximately 30% of people in cardiac arrest have an initial rhythm of ventricular fibrillation, which can be treated with an AED. For every minute of untreated ventricular fibrillation, the chances for survival decrease by 10%. However, fewer than 5% of lay rescuers use AEDs in most states.

If you suspect someone is in cardiac arrest, start CPR immediately and don’t stop, shout for an AED and have another person call 911. If you’re a medical provider, research shows that public rescuers are more likely to use CPR and AEDs with prompting from 911 dispatchers. By downloading a free cell phone app, first responders and EMS dispatchers can quickly locate the nearest

Read more about AEDs:
“Public Expectations of Receiving Telephone Pre-Arrival Instructions for Emergency Medical Dispatchers at 3 Decades Post Origination at First Scripted Site” The Journal, emergencydispatch.org, May/June 2011

“Statues and Regulations Pertaining to Emergency Dispatching” Map from International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, 2017