Some Cities in the United States have wonderful AED programs in which their employees, residents and visitors are excellently protected from risk of sudden cardiac arrest death. Meanwhile other Cities lack Automated External Defibrillators altogether. Why such a contrast between the best, the worst, and those in the middle?
- Blurry responsibility: Should such a duty fall on the City Manager, Human Resources, Risk Management, Safety, Emergency Manager, Fire Chief, Fire Marshal, Police Chief, Mayor or other? This is a major challenge and furthermore some City Department heads will buy AEDs while others do not.
- Lack of proactive thinking: Some City officials might be aware about the trend for AED placement but they don’t act because they haven’t seen sudden death happen. With stunning stats showing that about a thousand Americans lose their lives to cardiac arrest each day they should become prepared for this inevitability.
- Lack of understanding: Some leaders fail to understand that AEDs are designed for public use, instead they assume these devices are only for medical professionals. If every City official realized that AEDs are safe to use, simple to operate, and reliable too there would be much more adoption and many more lives saved.
A good public defibrillator program should include AEDs in the following locations: city hall, convention center, swimming pool, libraries, golf courses, parks, activity centers, police station, police patrol vehicles, fire trucks, and strategically placed within each city department.
AED One-Stop Shop loves helping smaller communities become equipped. We educate our customers about the legal ramifications of having these life-saving devices and also of neglecting to invest in them. We guide them as to the laws, best practices from other communities, what type of AEDs are best suited to each application. AED One-Stop Shop takes this topic seriously and with the highest of integrity we customize solutions for each particular need.