Archive - Jul 3, 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - Jul 3, 2012 - SCA Article


Defibrillator Registry Means Collier County, FL, Residents Can Get Help Fast

NAPLES, FL--Surviving a cardiac crisis is all about timing. How quickly someone can administer care using an automated external defibrillator (AED) is critical. For people who have a cardiac event, Collier County Emergency Medical Services has recently upgraded its AED program to an automated system that will ultimately help get AEDs to victims faster.

Specifically to respond to cardiac arrests, Collier County EMS participates in the AED Link program that enables 911 dispatchers to rapidly connect AEDs, its users and victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

In the past, 911 dispatchers had to go through a database to identify the closest registered AED. The new system works within the existing national agency registry, but is now automated, which saves critical time when a cardiac event occurs.

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