Public Access to Defibrillation
Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) means making automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available in places where large numbers of people gather or where people who are at high risk for heart attack live. The AED is a computerized medical device. It can check a person’s heart rhythm and recognize a rhythm that requires a shock. Additionally, it will advise the rescuer if the shock is needed by voice prompt and guides the rescuer with lights or text messages indicating what steps to take.
AEDs are accurate and easy to use, and with only a few hours of training, anyone can learn to operate an AED safely. SFMD assists communities with proper setup, training, placement, integration, and procurement of AEDs.
If you are interested in this program, it is recommended that SFMD be contacted to ensure that your AED integrates with our heart monitors, that our local dispatch center is aware of the AED’s location, and that the highest chance of survival can be attained.
For more information, please contact Tina Gerola at (480) 982-4440 ext. 104.