Schertz EMS, in conjunction with national AED registry, is creating a database of automated external defibrillators (AED) in our service area.
An AED is used to help those experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. It is a sophisticated, easy-to-use, lightweight, battery-operated, portable medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
This registry allows dispatchers to locate the AED nearest to the person calling 911 to initiate treatment while first responders are en route, improving chances of survival during a sudden cardiac arrest. The national safety council advises, "quick access to an automatic external defibrillator, or AED, by an engaged bystander could increase the odds of survival from about 5% to 40% and higher."
Register to stay in compliance with Health and Safety Code Sec. 799.005. NOTIFYING LOCAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDER. When a person or entity acquires an automated external defibrillator, the person or entity shall notify the local emergency medical services provider of the existence, location, and type of automated defibrillator. Added by acts 1999, 76th. Leg., ch. 679, sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999