NY State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that since New York State Police vehicles were equipped with AEDs beginning in 2007, they have achieved a save success rate of 15% for individuals suffering sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). This is nearly double the national average of 8%.
All marked State Police vehicles and state buildings are equipped with AEDs, and troopers receive comprehensive training to use them in emergency situations. Between November 2007 and January 2014, NYSP used their AEDs 1,095 times with 170 saves.
SCA is one of the leading causes of death in the USA. The American Heart Association estimates that in the USA alone more than 350,000 will suffer from SCA this year. Rapid deployment of an AED to deliver a shock to an impaired heart, and performing CPR, can help reestablish normal heart function.
While recognizing that early use of an AED can mean the difference between life and death, since 2005 New York State requires all state buildings and public institutions to be outfitted with AEDs. Add to that the approximately 1,400 volunteer state employees and trained responders that are part of the state’s Office of General Services AED Program, New York is leading the way in helping ensure the public’s health and safety.
AED Superstore recognizes and praises New York State and Governor Cuomo for taking the initiative in making “to serve and protect” more than just a slogan. Does your state or municipality have an AED Program? Any plans for instituting something similar to New York State’s venture? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line. You may be helping to establish a positive trend…saving lives!