An automated external defibrillator (AED). AEDs can be used to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States. It can happen anywhere, to anyone, any time, without warning, without symptoms, and regardless of age or general health. Victims have a better chance of survival when defibrillated within the American Heart Association (AHA) recommended response time of three to five minutes.
Defibrillation is the only definitive treatment for converting ventricular fibrillation, the heart rhythm of people in sudden cardiac arrest.
For every minute that defibrillation is delayed, the chances of surviving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) are reduced by approximately 10%. Survival chances drop particularly fast in the first five minutes.
As with any safety device -- fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, First Aid kits, etc. -- AEDs belong in any facility where people gather.
Some states, including Illinois, have passed laws that mandate placement of AEDs in certain facilities such as schools, health clubs and wherever any cardiovascular exertion occurs.
Other key facilities include:
For more information and to become part of the HeartStart Community, call Kathy Becker at (309) 677-7272, Ext. 211. E-mail Kathy.
311 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. Peoria, IL 61605 • Phone: (309) 677-7272 • Fax: (309) 677-7283
404 Ginger Bend Dr., Champaign, IL 61822 • Phone (217) 351-5861 • Fax: (217) 351-5937
P.O. Box 1992, Danville, IL 61834 • Phone (217) 431-5600