What is an AED?
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that automatically analyzes heart rhythms and determines if a shock is needed. AEDs are easy to use, safe and effective.
Early defibrillation is the standard of care for adult victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Everyone who has a duty to respond to victims of sudden cardiac arrest should be trained and equipped to defibrillate. Thanks to technological advances leading to the development of the AED, this goal has become easier to achieve.
Why should I register?
Missouri and Kansas both require owners of AEDs to register with local emergency medical services so that emergency communications and medical services personnel may be aware of an AED placement within their jurisdiction.
If you or your organization place an AED within the Missouri counties of Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte or Ray (Except for in the city of Kansas City, Mo.), or the Kansas counties of Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami or Wyandotte, completing MARC's AED registration form fulfills your obligation of notification.
For registration in Kansas City, Mo., contact:
Office of the EMS Medical Director
City of Kansas City, Missouri
2400 Troost Avenue, Suite 4200
Kansas City, MO 64108
Some cities in the metro area also have rules and regulations regarding AED registration. (Liberty, Mo., has provided copies of its AED policy and AED ordinance for cities that might be considering their own regulations.) Please check with your city hall to see if any local ordinances apply.
Who should be trained to use AEDs?
The state of Missouri requires that "a person or entity who acquires an automated external defibrillator shall ensure that expected defibrillator users receive training by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automated external defibrillators, or an equivalent nationally recognized course in defibrillator use and cardiopulmonary resuscitation." -- RSMO 190.092(1)
In Kansas, "an automated defibrillator may be used by any qualified person ... who (1) has completed a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or a basic first aid course that includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation training and (2) has completed a course of training in the use of automated external defibrillators and (3) has demonstrated proficiency in the use of an automated external defibrillator." -- KSA 65-6149a
Your AED training will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to use your AED safely. You'll also learn how to maintain your AED and what to do after using it.
CPR increases the likelihood that defibrillation will work. In fact, the likelihood of survival doubles if a bystander begins CPR before the EMS team arrives.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is a simple emergency procedure used when someone stops breathing or the heart stops beating. CPR involves two basic actions: rescue breathing (mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-mask resuscitation) and chest compressions. These actions help circulate oxygenated blood to the heart and brain.
Anyone who has a duty to respond to persons in cardiac arrest should be trained in CPR and should undergo refresher training on a regular basis. Regardless of duty, anyone who may be able to reach a victim of cardiac arrest before EMS arrives should know how to do CPR.
Laypersons are most likely to arrive first at the scene of an arrest and chances are they will know the victim. In 75 to 80 percent of cases, sudden cardiac arrest occurs in the home. Another 10 to 15 percent of cases occur in the workplace. This is why almost everyone can and should learn CPR.
How can I get training?
Only people who are trained should operate AEDs or perform CPR. Several local agencies provide CPR and AED training. Use the links below to find training opportunities in your area, or contact your local EMS agency.