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

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

Art Hsieh, MA, NRP teaches in Northern California at the Public Safety Training Center, Santa Rosa Junior College in the Emergency Care Program. An EMS provider since 1982, Art has served as a line medic, supervisor 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 textbook writer, author of "EMT Exam for Dummies," has presented at conferences nationwide and continues to provide direct patient care regularly. Art is a member of the EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board. Contact Art at Art.Hsieh@ems1.com and connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

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