American Heart Association volunteers Kim Harkins and Katie Tewalt testified in the House Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday January 29th in support of a bill the would require all public access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be registered in a maintenance program. AEDs are simple-to-use devices about the size of a laptop computer that are used to shock the heart of a person suffering a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) to return the heart to a normal rhythm. AEDs can be found today in a variety of public settings – from schools to airports. With SCA, the combination of early, immediate CPR and defibrillation can more than double a victim’s chance of survival. While a growing number of AEDs now stand ready in more and more public place to help save lives, survival is possible only if AEDs, their users and SCA victims are rapidly linked and more importantly, the AEDs are maintained and ready for use.
By registering all public AEDs in a maintenance program, like the free MN AED registry tool, AED owners can get easy and important updates when batteries or pads are about to expire, or when there is a product recall or safety notice for a particular model. Registering public AEDs makes it easy to ensure that these life saving devices stand ready for action when needed to save lives.