What is an AED? And why do I need one?

In short, an AED or Automated External Defibrillator is a device that saves lives.  It analyzes the person’s heart and delivers an electrical shock, if needed,to eliminate an abnormal heart rhythm. 

AEDs are design to be simple to use. They use voice prompts to tell the user what to do, allowing anyone to be able to use it, even without prior training. 

The use of AEDs in the community has been associated with nearly doubling survival of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

AHA information

Who needs them? 

The American Heart Association supports placing AEDs in targeted public areas such as sports arenas, gated communities, office complexes, doctor's offices, shopping malls, etc. When AEDs are placed in the community or a business or facility, the AHA strongly encourages that they be part of a defibrillation program in which:

• Persons that acquire an AED notify the local EMS office. 
• A licensed physician or medical authority provides medical oversight to ensure quality control. 
• Persons responsible for using the AED are trained in CPR and how to use an AED.

Contact us for more information on Automated External Defibrillators or to setbup a program at your business www.EverydayHeroesCPR.net/AED


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Elk Grove brings Smart 911 Northern California

Recently our local city emergency services partnered with Smart 911 to improve emergency response, becoming the first city in Northern California to implement the system. The system allows citizens to proactively provide important information about yourself and your family to the 911 center before an emergency happens. The system is tied to your phone number so even if you call from a cell phone, if it's registered in the system, they will have your information. You can give them as much or as little information as you are comfortable giving.

From Smart911.com:  Smart911 allows you to proactively provide details on your family and home that 9-1-1 may need in order to send help in the event of an emergency. It is private and secure, and funded by local municipalities and 9-1-1 centers so that it is free to you.  Smart911 is endorsed by citizens, community groups and public safety officials. While not yet deployed everywhere across the U.S., its availability is growing daily. Even if it is not yet in your area, it will work anywhere you travel.

Smart911 also assists in finding callers. According to the Federal Communications Commission, 70 percent of calls to 911 are from mobile devices with limited location information. Smart911 allows residents to associate their family’s mobile phones with home and work addresses, as well as specific family members, which can assist with quickly dispatching the appropriate response team to the right location. 
Smart911 is a free service available to all residents, and officials describe it as “100 percent private and secure.”