In the United Sates, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are used, unfortunately, only 3% of the time to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Getting AEDs off the wall and onto victims of SCA is our goal. Shortening the time to first shock – the most important variable impacting sudden cardiac arrest survival – will save lives.
The National AED Registry (www.nationalaedregistry.com) gives AED owners the ability to manage their AEDs and make sure they are working when needed. The Registry also offers AED owners the chance to save the life of a sudden cardiac arrest victim nearby. When AEDs are entered into the National AED Registry, there is an opportunity for site managers to select or solicit individuals in their organization to become a “Responder”. This is done upon entering new AED information or can be done afterwards by “editing” the AED.
But what is an “AED Responder”?
Many cities around the nation subscribe to the AED Link TM service. AED Link is notified when there is a potential sudden cardiac arrest situation. If, while registering your AED, you chose “Public” in the availability section, your AED would be displayed. Owners/Site Managers choose the time it is available. If you select “Private” it will only be displayed if a 9-1-1 call comes in from your address. You can easily change from one to the other.
When an available public AED is found to be within 1,200 feet of the SCA, “AED Responders” will be notified. Responders choose whether to be notified via SMS text and/or voice. The message received would request that the responder get their AED and proceed to an address given in the message. Again, responders would only be notified if the victim is within 1,200 feet of the AED.
If responders choose not to be notified and do not want to participate, you can still use the Responder page to maintain certification information for them.
We ask that you become and AED responder. Your choice could save a life.
Hastings Heart Restart would like to thank our friends at Contra Costa Health Services for sharing this article with us.