Post by Donovan Sievers
Police officers are often times the first to arrive on the scene of an emergency, before EMS and Fire officials. They need to have the tools and training to respond to a wide array of possible situations. Luckily in Seymour, Indiana all police cars are equipped with AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators and all officers are trained in CPR and AED use. On December 23rd officers James Handley and Mat Carver responded to a 911 call of an unconscious man at his home. They were in the area and were the first to arrive soon after the call came in.
According to the report the two officers began CPR and opened their Powerheart G3 AED that was kept in their patrol car and applied the pads. The AED advised a shock and one was delivered. The man immediately started to breathe on his own. EMS arrived shortly after and transported him to the hospital, where he made a recovery.
If the victim had to wait for EMS to arrive before an AED could be used – only a few minutes more – it could have meant the difference between brain damage and being able to walk out of the hospital the next day. Many police departments across the country are implementing AED deployment in every police car and it is making a difference. Police are more wide spread in communities and can usually be on the scene faster than EMS and Fire personnel, the usual owners of AEDs. With police officers implementing AEDs in their patrol cars, faster access to early defibrillation can be achieved. With Sudden Cardiac Arrest every minute matters. In fact, every minute without defibrillation the chance of survival decreases by about 10%. The more widespread AEDs become the higher survival rate we can achieve in this Country.
Read more about this AED story here: http://www.cardiacscience.com/blog/2012/01/indiana-police-officers-revive-sudden-cardiac-arrest-victim/