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Act for AEDs in More Communities

by Clarissa G. on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

This is a critical time in Congress, as lawmakers work to allocate Federal dollars for the coming fiscal year.  Even in this difficult economy, there are several federally-funded programs that are vital to the heart and stroke community, and we need to let lawmakers know they must be made a priority.

One such program helps buy and  place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in rural communities and trains first responders and lay rescuers in their use. The Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program ensures those who live in rural areas or small towns have access to the tools that give them the best chance of surviving a cardiac arrest, but the program currently only has the resources to operate in 7 states and 1 U.S. territory.

Contact your lawmaker today!  Ask them to prioritize funding that saves lives.

Shouldn’t people in every state be given the best shot at surviving a cardiac arrest?  Communities with aggressive AED placements have increased survival rates from 10% to nearly 40%- an incredible improvement! But first responders, churches, recreation facilities and others in 43 states are still waiting for funds for this life-saving program.

As Members of Congress allocate funding, please contact your elected officials about the importance of this life-saving program TODAY!

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Comments (6)

  • I agree, AED should in every building, this help to save lives. We need more people to learn CPR and AED training. Thank you AHA/ASA.

    — Nathan T.

  • I agree

    — Nathan T.

  • I was an EMT for over 29 years retiring in Fayetteville NC from Ft. Bragg EMS. I am an American Heart Association BCLS CPR Instructor. AED''S should be made mandatory in all Restaurants,Health Care Facilities,and anywhere else where there is a large gathering of people. They are simple to operate and the only thing that will stop a lethal arrythmia until Paramedics arrive with more advanced training. All AED''s prompt you as what to do when you open the cover or turn them on. You only have 3 -5 minutes to defibrillate the heart in cardiac arrest the more AED''s in the community the higher

    chance of saving more lives.

    Thank You,

    Richard Chandler

    AHA/BCLS CPR Instructor

    — Richard C.

  • I was an EMT for over 29 years retiring in Fayetteville NC from Ft. Bragg EMS. I am an American Heart Association BCLS CPR Instructor. AED''S should be made mandatory in all Restaurants,Health Care Facilities,and anywhere else where there is a large gathering of people. They are simple to operate and the only thing that will stop a lethal arrythmia until Paramedics arrive with more advanced training. All AED''s prompt you as what to do when you open the cover or turn them on. You only have 3 -5 minutes to defibrillate the heart in cardiac arrest the more AED''s in the community the higher

    chance of saving more lives.

    Thank You,

    Richard Chandler

    AHA/BCLS CPR Instructor

    — Richard C.

  • I was an EMT for over 29 years retiring in Fayetteville NC from Ft. Bragg EMS. I am an American Heart Association BCLS CPR Instructor. AED''S should be made mandatory in all Restaurants,Health Care Facilities,and anywhere else where there is a large gathering of people. They are simple to operate and the only thing that will stop a lethal arrythmia until Paramedics arrive with more advanced training. All AED''s prompt you as what to do when you open the cover or turn them on. You only have 3 -5 minutes to defibrillate the heart in cardiac arrest the more AED''s in the community the higher

    chance of saving more lives.

    Thank You,

    Richard Chandler

    AHA/BCLS CPR Instructor

    — Richard C.

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