According to American Heart Association (AHA) statistics, about 350,000 people a year die of coronary heart disease without being hospitalized, which calculates out to about 992 Americans a day! In the case of cardiac arrest (the stopping of the heartbeat), survival is directly linked to the amount of time between the onset and defibrillation.

The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is designed for use by anyone, and is the answer to saving more victims of sudden cardiac arrest. With chances of survival decreasing by 10 percent each minute, having defibrillators in the hands of individuals who are often first on the scene can be the difference between life and death.

Watch this interactive HeartRescue Project public service announcement, drawing attention to one of the nation's leading killers, sudden cardiac arrest, and what you can do to help increase the chances of survival. A special thanks to HeartRescue Partners: University of Arizona, Duke University, and University of Minnesota. Check out the American Heart Association website for additional information.

Oregon Revised Statute 30.802 (Liability for use of AED) provides protection from an action for damages that results from acts or omissions of another rendering emergency medical assistance with an Automated External Defibrillator if:

  • The person using the defibrillator has received instruction in its use and in CPR.
  • The defibrillator has been maintained and tested.
  • The organization that acquires and maintains the defibrillator has sought medical direction from a licensed physician in the use of the defibrillator and in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The Washington County Emergency Medical Services Office can assist community organizations and businesses in the implementation of a CPR-Automatic External Defibrillator Program by:

  • Providing a site assessment and explaining the program's objectives, benefits and requirements.
  • Assisting in the selection of a defibrillator appropriate to the needs of their organization.
  • Coordinating and providing CPR training to American Heart Association Standards.
  • Coordinating and providing defibrillator training.
  • Providing medical supervision through the Washington County Medical Director.
  • Providing continuing education necessary to keep defibrillator-trained personnel comfortable in the use of the machines.
  • Providing quality improvement and assurance follow-up if the defibrillator is used.
  • Providing regular training opportunities for new employees.