Public Access AED Program
The Town of Stratford is committed to ensuring its residents, employees, those employed in the Town of Stratford and those that visit and or conduct business in the Town of Stratford are provided with an opportunity to have automatic external defibrillation (AED) should they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.
Cardiovascular disease is the single greatest cause of death in the United States. Each year upwards of a quarter of a million persons receive attempted resuscitation from cardiac arrest by Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Ventricular fibrillation, a disturbance in heart rhythm resulting in uncoordinated contraction of the heart muscles, is the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest. Early defibrillation with a shock by a defibrillator is the most effective means of resuscitation from cardiac arrest and the only definitive treatment for ventricular fibrillation. The success of defibrillation diminishes rapidly with each passing minute from collapse, decreasing the chance of survival by about 5% for each passing minute.
Defibrillation must often wait until trained emergency responders arrive on scene with a defibrillator, increasing the time between collapse and defibrillation. Use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) by laypersons enable defibrillation soon after collapse, sooner than can be achieved by emergency responders. This strategy of early defibrillation is often termed “Public Access Defibrillation” or PAD. As a consequence, patients suffering cardiac arrest treated with PAD are more likely to survive. The challenge is how to expand the role of public access defibrillation.