Life Saving Heart Defibrillators (AEDs)

An automated external defibrillator, or AED, is a portable electronic device that stops the abnormal rhythm by shocking the heart. The device self-determines whether or not to shock so no human decision-making process is needed. 

Facts and features:

  • Applied externally to the skin surface only
  • Typically lightweight and portable
  • Has 24-hour daily “self-checking” feature
  • Device can be wall-mounted or carried easily
  • Automatic voice prompts for CPR

Easy to Use

Wondering if AEDs are hard to use? They’re not. In fact, they are easy enough for the average sixth grader to use on their own. In a recent study, it took 15 sixth graders an average of 90 seconds to complete defibrillation, compared to the 67 seconds on average for EMTs/paramedics.

Watch this informative Save-a-life simulator and learn what the best actions to take are when a cardiac arrest strikes.

CA AED Law (aka Title 22):

Thanks to a very effective coalition of state and county elected officials, EMS/Fire leaders, healthcare providers, and business groups like the Silicon Valley Leadership Foundation, Racing Hearts along with El Camino Hospital pioneered SB658 which was signed by Gov Brown 9/3/15 making it easier and less expensive to install and own AEDs!  The following are updates which will begin Jan. 1, 2016: 

  • Ensure that an CPR/AED orientation is completed yearly with your staff and employees, including information describing Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the school or business's emergency response plan, and the proper use of an AED (this information to be also displayed next to every AED in no less than 14-point type)
  • Ensure that each AED is inspected quarterly and the results are recorded.
  • You do NOT need Medical Direction nor need to ensure that a trained employee will be present during all open business hours.  As noted from the NIH's website, "Learning how to use an AED and taking a CPR course are helpful.  However, if trained personnel aren't available, untrained people also can use an AED to help save someone's life."  We fully agree!!!

To see the full text of Title 22 click here

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Data/Information: Save-a-life simulator created by Medtronic, American Heart Association website, siting this research.