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December 13, 2012
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EMS News in Focus
by Arthur Hsieh

Why we need more AEDs in police cruisers

Providing quality "just in time" training to the public will also continue the trend of timely intervention

By Arthur Hsieh

Providing prompt and appropriate field care requires a well-coordinated effort of a community.

While we might believe that we are the centerpiece of an EMS system, we also know all too well that without the assistance of citizens and first responders, those requiring the fastest response experience a severe challenge to their survival.

AEDs in police vehicles are not a new concept, and there are many studies and stories to show their benefit. While there may have been resistance at first, law enforcement leaders have come to realize their vital role in cardiac resuscitation.

Their ability to respond quickly, begin CPR and deploy an AED will shave minutes off a "standalone" EMS response, improving the chances of a successful countershock.

Likewise, access to AEDs and providing quality "just in time" training to the public will continue the trend of timely intervention.

Hands-only CPR techniques have made basic life support much easier to learn and perform, improving outcomes dramatically.

With everyone out and about this holiday season, it's not a bad time to spread the gift of life!

Imagine providing quick, fun training at the mall to passersby while they shop.

Donning a red suit and beard might make it very engaging for everyone involved.

Given how stretched our resources are, this level of community involvement will go a long way in overcoming those issues.

About the author

EMS1 Editor in Chief Art Hsieh, MA, NREMT-P currently teaches at the Public Safety Training Center, Santa Rosa Junior College in the Emergency Care Program. In the profession since 1982, Art has worked as a line medic and chief officer in the private, third service and fire-based EMS. He has directed both primary and EMS continuing education programs. Art is a published textbook author, has presented at conferences nationwide, and continues to provide patient care at a rural hospital-based ALS system. Contact Art at Art.Hsieh@ems1.com.
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