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!
As part of the medical profession I am a firm believer that we need more AED''s everywhere people are located ex. malls food restaurants massage spa locations. CPR is only a part of the life saving link and is so much better when combined with AED use. The AED is simple enough to use with pictures of where to place pads on person. It even gives instructions on what to do next if you are unsure. Please help us save lives and help educate people on AED use, having it readily available when a \life saving event happens.
Rose M. Johnson
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.
AHA/BCLS CPR Instructor