Public Access Defibrillation

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Public Access Defibrillation

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Early and swift intervention with an automated external defibrillator (AED) amidst sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) during bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) saves lives—in fact, doubles the likelihood of survival. We know this. There is data to support this. So, why is their usage so low?

The problems: cost, availability and high variability of place and time of OHCA occurrence.

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 Can Starbucks And Pizza Shops Prevent Deaths?

It would be hard to find someone not in support of increasing accessibility of AEDs, but the reality of this given their several thousand dollar price tag and need for continued maintenance deems that eventuality quite unrealistic. Therefore, strategic placement has guided most PAD programs and policy. How to do so in the most effective manner is not an exact science given the often random strike of the OHCA and the lack of uniformity of survival.

BC Public Access to Defibrillation Program

Welcome to the BC Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) Program. To help save lives, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of British Columbia is making Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) available in public places where there is a risk someone can suffer a cardiac arrest.


PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to make it much easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their life saving skills to do just that…save lives! Through the use of modern, location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and empower them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

The Mikey Network

The Mikey Network is working to create public awareness and provide education about heart healthy lifestyles. We are committed to placing "MIKEYS" (public access defibrillators) in as many high-risk locations as possible so people affected by sudden cardiac arrest might have a second chance at life. Through The Mikey Network, the beat goes on. .

AED Registry

AED Registry will automatically locate the nearest AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) to your location with details and directions, and also other AEDs within a 2-mile radius. AEDs are identified with various degrees of confidence to know which AEDs are ready to save a life.


Getting electricity to a failed heart in under 5 minutes is essential in making a significant impact on increasing survival rates. Unfortunately AED use usually occurs after the magic 5 minutes. So, what's needed?

American Heart Association

Public access to defibrillation (PAD) means making AEDs available in public and/or private places where large numbers of people gather or where people who are at high risk for heart attacks live.

Cardiac Science

Defibrillation within three minutes lifts the chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest to 70 percent. Local EMS services typically can’t respond that quickly. That’s why every community needs to have an AED on hand — at the library, places of worship, the mall, the park — anywhere where two or more gather.


This fact sheet summarizes state law in effect... addresses the 13 PAD interventions, and describes recent temporal trends in state PAD law, such as the widespread adoption of AED placement and the requirement that students learn to use an AED before they graduate.


Crowdsav is developed by the team from Health Visuals Pte Ltd, a company which develops software solutions to tackle public health problems. This project evolved from the needs of the non-profit First Aid Corps, which aims to improve survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest by simplifying saving lives.

Defib 247

Defib 247 is a global campaign aimed at increasing public awareness about how PADs (Public Access Defibrillation sites), which contain an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) can make a difference in the survival rate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Our vision is to double the survival rate of SCA by 2016.

Rice University

Rice University maintains 34 Public Access Defibrillator sites (PAD sites) on campus. These sites are stocked with defibrillators, devices used in the event of a cardiac arrest. Defibrillators can analyze a person’s heart rhythm and decide whether or not to apply a shock accordingly. Our PAD sites supply Philips HeartStart FRx defibrillators and other equipment and are available for public use when necessary.


Communities across the country are responding by implementing Public Access Defibrillation programs and enacting AED legislation, which requires automated external defibrillator purchase, access, and training for public places.

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