Defibtech, SCAA to launch automated external defibrillator effort

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Defibtech and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) have launched an effort to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to communities with critical needs.

Announcing the effort during the first National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and AED Awareness Week this week in Washington, D.C., Defibtech CEO Glenn W. Laub, MD, said the effort will address the dangers posed by SCA and correct some common misperceptions about the roles of CPR and AEDs.

Chris Chiames, SCAA executive director, said the association will work with its 25 local chapters and affiliates to identify communities where AEDs are needed to strengthen the “chain of survival,” which includes 911 services, individuals trained in CPR, public-access defibrillators and medical services including emergency, recovery and preventative care.

“Using its grassroots network, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association will identify areas where public-access defibrillators can mean the difference between life and death,” Chiames said.

As the areas are identified, Defibtech said it will make donations appropriate to the need, Laub said, with the first donations to occur during June in honor of National CPR and AED Awareness Week.

Chiames added that Defibtech’s Lifeline and ReviveR AEDs are public-access defibrillator products. “Defibtech’s AEDs are very easy to use, even by bystanders who have the desire to help a victim of sudden cardiac arrest but who may have not received prior training,” he said.