Time to CPR and defibrillation is fundamental, and shortening this time is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of death and disability from cardiac arrest.
Regretfully, a significant proportion of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur close to a public automated external defibrillator (AED) that is inaccessible at the time of the arrest.
When a person suffers cardiac arrest, there is a one in five chance a potentially life-saving AED is nearby. But according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, up to 30 per cent of the time, the device is locked inside a closed building.
The HEARTSafe Community of Westerly, RI has adopted a solution to utilize secure/heated AED enclosures, which enable a defibrillator to be accessible on a 24/7 basis throughout all seasons. Bystander witnesses call 911 and are provided with the access code to open the enclosure, enabling retrieval and use of the AED.
If you have questions related to the operation, purchase, installation or donation of an enclosure, please contact:
Emergency Care Specialist