The American Red Cross supports the position that improved training and access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year. The Red Cross believes that all Americans should be within four minutes of an AED and someone trained to use it.
Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Over 350,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and at any age. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy to operate tool for someone with no medical background.
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Boston Celtics’ strength and conditioning coach, Bryan Doo, used an AED to save Chuck Conley’s life at Newton’s Hyde Community Center. The AED was placed in the gym by a local doctor after a friend of his died in the same gym during a game.
Five students saved a teacher’s life at the Noble Activity Center Pool, using an AED. “We hooked him up to the AED, and it administered a shock. His color started coming back, and he started breathing. Without that AED, we would have lost him.”