Town of Palm Beach, 12/14/2011--Palm Beach
Fire-Rescue announces a new campaign to improve the outcome of
cardiac arrest victims in the Town of Palm Beach with the addition
of a new information and tracking system that will assist 911
dispatchers in helping callers locate life-saving automated external
defibrillators (AEDs) available near sudden cardiac arrest victims.
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United
States, killing more than 300,000 people yearly. Compact and
portable, AEDs are designed to be used by laypeople with little or
no training to deliver a shock that can save a victim’s life before
What is an AED? An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is a
device about the size of a lunchbox that automatically delivers a
life-saving shock to a person in sudden cardiac arrest. Without
effective CPR and a shock from an AED, someone suffering from sudden
cardiac arrest has a very low chance of survival. AEDs are easy to
use and are becoming more commonplace every day. AEDs are now found
everywhere from airports to coffee shops, schools to supermarkets,
malls, churches, gyms and many other public places.
AEDs make it possible for more people to respond to a medical
emergency where a shock is required. Because AEDs are portable and
can be used by nonmedical people, they can be made part of emergency
response programs that also include rapid use of 9-1-1 and prompt
delivery of CPR. All three of these activities are critical to
improving survival from cardiac arrest.
“Studies have shown that quick use of an AED and CPR can increase
out of hospital survival rates to over 75%,” said Dr. Kenneth
Scheppke, Medical Director Palm Beach Fire-Rescue.
For this reason, Palm Beach Fire-Rescue is launching a communitywide
drive to encourage residents, businesses, churches, schools and
other places that have an AED to register their devices via a free
and simple process.
Palm Beach Fire-Rescue’s system shows the location of registered
AEDs on 911 agency maps. Dispatchers can then direct callers to a
nearby device even if it is located nearby.
registered AED is potentially 35 times more likely to be used in an
emergency than an unregistered one.
Part of the program includes having Palm Beach Fire Rescue come to
your home or business and train your family, friends, or staff in
CPR and the use of an AED at no cost to you. We’ll even keep track
of your battery and defibrillator pads expiration dates for you, and
come out and assist you in replacing them. Some major manufacturers
include Phillips, Zoll, Physio-Control, and Cardiac Science. Don’t
have and AED? You can get one from many local home medical sales
agencies, or online retailers such as Amazon.com, AED Superstore.com,
Walgreens.com, Costco.com Prices start at $1199.00. Some models of
an AED require a prescription. Dr Scheppke will provide that
prescription free of charge to any resident or business that
Palm Beach Fire-Rescue will be working closely with the local
community and civic organizations to encourage the purchase,
registration, and education on the use of an AED.
“Our goal is to have a thousand AED’s within the Town of Palm Beach
to make this the safest place in the world when it comes to heart
health”, said James Weber, PIO Palm Beach Fire-Rescue. Won’t you
help us? For further information, please contact Palm Beach
Fire-Rescue at (561)838-5420.