Supporting access to AEDs throughout the state
The Bureau of Emergency Medical Services actively supports the use of Automated Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) in the towns and cities throughout New Hampshire. AED devices are known to significantly improve the chance of survival in a patient experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. Therefore, one of the many Bureau’s goals is to increase accessibility to AEDs in all areas of the state.
The Automated External Defibrillator Registry is a database of AEDs located in fixed locations and is a collaborative effort between and AED purchasers and the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services created to record AEDs located in New Hampshire. The Automated External Defibrillator Registry assists the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services in contacting AED owners in the event of device recalls or providing updated AED-related information. Tprovides the NH Bureau of Emergency Communications (NH 911) with the AED location information for inclusion in their call screen database. When the 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher receives an emergency call from the assigned phone number, this screen will prompt them to advise the caller about the location of the AED if needed.
The New Hampshire Bureau of Purchase and Property, Department of Administrative Services has established a statewide contract to provide reduced pricing on AED equipment. This “AED direct purchase opportunity” is available to any New Hampshire organizations. Contact Bill Wood, Preparedness Coordinator, as noted above for additional information on this process.
School districts, in cooperation with the New Hampshire Department of Education, are actively involved in the placement of AED’s in school facilities. NHBEMS and the NH EMS for Children Project at Dartmouth (EMS-C) have created a resource document entitled “Public Access Defibrillation in New Hampshire Schools” adobe acrobat reader symbol in order to assist schools with issues surrounding AED availability. This resource document includes suggestions for implementing Public Access Defibrillation or a PAD program, ideas for placement of the machines, and information on how a school can help reduce the risk of sudden cardiac deaths.
NHBEMS, NH Department of Health and Human Services and the NH Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association have developed a HeartSafe Communities Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol designation program for local communities. The intent is to promote and recognize the availability of accessible AED’s statewide.