American Heart Association

Placement of AEDs in County Buildings

On August 28th, 2001, Suzanne Lozano, MS, RN (Chair, American Heart Assoc. Public Advocacy Committee) and Dr. Donald Gordon, MD (Past Chair, American Heart Assoc. Board of Directors in SA) made a presentation to the court in which they requested consideration of placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDĀ“s) in County Buildings.

About 220,000 people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest. Last year in San Antonio, 724 people went into cardiac arrest. Of those, 118 occurred in public places. The American Heart Association strongly encourages placement of AEDs in public buildings and law enforcement vehicles as an important way to save the lives of thousands of cardiac arrest victims.

An AED is a device used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart. Built-in computers assess the patient's heart rhythm, judge whether defibrillation is needed and then administer the shock. AEDs restore a normal heart rhythm in sudden cardiac arrest victims.

Information taken from Presentation Packet by the American Heart Association, August 28, 2001.

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