Public Access Defibrillation - AEDs in the Community
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are portable electronic devices that can be applied by untrained bystanders or trained rescuers to detect an abnormal heart rhythm and change it back to a normal rhythm.
If someone is unconscious and not breathing normally, CPR should be started, and if an AED is available, it should be applied as soon as possible.
We have witnessed many cases of an AED used by the public, and have it successfully restart someone's heart rhythm. These devices are very safe and can only help.
Who can buy an AED?
Thanks to Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) regulations in New York State, any organization can purchase an AED and place it in a public location. There is some paperwork involved to ensure the organization complies with reporting requirements and is able to regularly check the devices' batteries and pads.
New York State offers businesses a $500 tax credit (CT-250) towards every AED purchased.
All Public Access Defibrillation units should be registered through the local Regional Emergency Medical Organization, they have a checklist to follow.
What AED should you buy?
We do not endorse any one manufacturer, however there are some things to look out for:
- What's your budget?
- AEDs are approx $2,000 on average. You can find ones that offer more or less features such as CPR coaching, Pediatric modes, and wifi check-in capabilities
- Are you able to access the AED's files after use?
- If your AED is used, you should have the ability (software or hardware) capabilities to download the devices' files.
- Can you get the batteries and pads?
- Local businesses have purchased the Zoll AED3 unit, Stryker's LifePak CR2,
Other innovative portable AEDs are available such as the Avive AED which has an online price comparison.
Certified Healthcare Provider CPR Training
If your workplace or community organization needs groups of people certified in CPR, contact our office at 518-782-2645 or visit our CPR page for more information.