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Creating and Maintaining a

Public Access Defibrillation Program

Our FREE 6 step video series will show you how.

Public Access Defibrillation Overview: The Essential Information

Public Access Defibrillation Site Assessment: AED Placement

Public Access Defibrillation Select: Choose the best AED

Public Access Defibrillation Schedule: AED Training

Public Access Defibrillation  Secure: Medical Oversight

Public Access Defibrillation Set-up: AED Maintainance

Public Access Defibrillation Start Tracking: AED Program Management

CPR/AED Training

The third step of the Cardiac Life Public Access Defibrillation Program is CPR/AED Training.

Public Access Defibrillation requirements include CPR/AED training. You should offer CPR/AED training. CPR training should be offered on a voluntary basis. This allows rescuers to be covered through the Good Samaritan Law.

Per Public Access Defibrillation requirements, you are required to use an authorized provider. You can use an American Heart Association (AHA) Authorized Provider such as Cardiac Life.  Typically the AHA CPR/AED instructor will come to your location to teach a class if you have 6 or more responders. Many AHA certified CPR instructors are working in the field of emergency medicine.  They can be EMTs, paramedics or other healthcare professionals.   The American Heart Association (AHA) CPR instructors that Cardiac Life uses work in the field of emergency medicine. 

Heartsaver CPR/AED training is a 4-hour CPR/AED course and is designed to teach the lay rescuer all the skills needed to deal with a Sudden Cardiac Arrest Emergency. Classes can include up to 10 students and Cardiac Life teaches the skills of CPR on manikins that the student can practice on.  

CPR training is voluntary and it should be required of your employees or your community members. By offering it out on a voluntary basis it covers everybody through the Good Samaritan Law. There is lots of information about the Good Samaritan Law if you’re not familiar with it. The Good Samaritan Law was passed in 2000.  It indemnifies the lay rescuer and the AED owner.  If a responder is trying to save somebody's life with good intentions; they can’t be held liable.

American Heart Association (AHA) CPR training has a 2 year certification. 2 years is a really long time especially if it [CPR/AED] is not something you are doing regularly, so there are refresher videos available. We offer online refresher courses through www.AEDSafetrack.com

It’s important to review the information periodically and it’s also recommended that you do drills. Just as you would do a fire drill, it’s recommended that you do an AED/CPR drill.

Here is a chart graph that shows you the increased percentage of survival when CPR and the AED is used on a victim suffering Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Look at the large long blue line on the right. You should start CPR before you get your AED.  It is important that more than one person in a Public Access Defibrillation site is trained so you can work as a team to save a life. You can see from this chart that there is a 30% increase in survival rate when CPR use is given as well as an AED. When that is combined you’re seeing a much greater increase in the survival rate.

The more you can offer the training, the more trained responders you’re going to have, and the higher the chance of success when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest.