Does your workplace have an AED? Let 9-1-1 know

Date: October 2, 2018

AEDs are lifesaving portable devices that can restore normal rhythm to the heart in the critical minutes after sudden cardiac arrest occurs. No public facility should be without one. 

The AED allows even a non-medical practitioner to respond immediately in an SCA crisis, when brain death can occur within 4 to 6 minutes. According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, the response time from discovering the SCA, calling 9-1-1, and an ambulance reaching the patient is no less than 8 minutes.

“Statistically, people who have access to an AED are much more likely to save lives,” said Ferguson Township Police Sergeant Ryan Hendrick. 

Each of these devices has a battery pack, wired sensors, and a computer that detects abnormalities and determines whether and when to deliver an electrical charge to the heart. The newest models are equipped with the technology to provide real-time information to the hospital receiving the patient. First responders like our police are relying on that state-of-the-art technology to get patients treated as quickly as possible. 

If you have an AED in your workplace, the FTPD encourages you to complete the form below to add yours to the Centre County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications database, which currently lists approximately 400 AEDs. Let the office know of your AED's location and help Centre County's first responders help save lives.

AED Database Form