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Last updated 3/21/2017
Public Education       
Be A Hero Learn Hands Only CPR.
ACOMPAÑENOS Sea Un Héroe Aprenda Manos Solamente RCP
Don’t be a bystander. Be a lifesaver.
“Hands Only” CPR, chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth breathing, has been proven to be as effective as standard CPR. The earlier
CPR is started, the better the outcome for the victim. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can nearly
triple a victim’s chance of survival. But an average of only 32% of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
Manos Solamente RCP es RCP sin respiraciones boca a boca
Public Access AED or Lay Rescuer AED
A combination of early access, early CPR, early defibrillation and early advance care, all crucial links in the American Heart Association's
Chain of Survival, can save as many as 1/3 to 1/2 of sudden cardiac arrest victims in treatable heart rhythms.  The shorter the time from
collapse to defibrillation, the better the chances of survival.  The new AEDs are safe, effective, lightweight, low maintenance, and easy to
use.  Training takes two to four hours and established training programs are available.
Did you know that?
More than 700 lives are lost every day to sudden cardiac arrest in the Untied States alone.
  • Two out of every three sudden cardiac deaths occur before a victim can reach a hospital.
  • More than 95 percent of these cardiac arrest victims will die, many because of a lack of readily available life saving medical equipment.
  • Once a victim has suffered a cardiac arrest, every minute that passes before returning the heart to a normal rhythm decreases the chance of survival
    by 10%.
  • Communities that have implemented programs ensuring widespread public access to defibrillators, combined with appropriate training, maintenance,
    and coordination with local emergency medical systems, have dramatically improved the survival rates from cardiac arrest.
(Findings made by Congress in the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act  of (November)2000)
What can you do?
1. Learn CPR
2. Encourage your employer to develop a Public Access Defibrillation or Lay Rescuer Public Access AED Provider Program.
3. Participate in the AED Program at your place of work.
4. We encourage any organization or business to consider becoming a Public Access AED Provider.
The following documents and forms will help you develop and implement an AED program.
Senate Bill No. 658 filed 9/3/2015 - physician no longer required.
Health & Safety Code 1797.196
Health & Safety Code 104113 - Health Clubs and Studio Requirements
California Civil Code Section 1714.2 - 1714.21 - Release of Liability
Title 22 Chapter 1.8 Lay Person AED Regulations have been
repealed - 9/1/2016

Required Forms

For more information contact our AED program coordinator.
AED Program Management Coordinators and Vendors
Local Public Access AED Program Coordinators who can help develop and maintain your organization's program

AED Vendor List
Working to assure that our county’s residents and visitors receive optimal prehospital care on a daily basis and protection during public health emergencies.