Public Access AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators)
Sudden cardiac arrest is a medical emergency and can strike without warning, affecting people of all ages and all fitness levels.
When it comes to sudden cardiac arrest, AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) can mean the difference between life and death. AEDs are a key piece of life-saving equipment that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias in a victim, and is able to treat them through defibrillation (shock), the application of electrical therapy corrects the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm. If defibrillation is administered to a victim that needs it within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest then chances of survival are good, especially when it is combined with effective CPR, but time is of the essence, as the probability of survival declines by 7-10% with every passing minute before the application of an AED.
With time being so critical, the BC Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) Program Registry helps people to locate the nearest AED in the least amount of time possible. The BC PAD Program Registry contains a list of all publicly-available AEDs within BC and is a vital link to the timely retrieval of the defibrillators. Not only can bystanders access the information, but 911 dispatchers can also identify the nearest AED and provide directions on how to retrieve it.