Next up in this week’s EMS news is a push by one councilman in Indianapolis to get building code changes in place to require AEDs in every public building. According to this article I picked up from IndyStar.com, Marion County, Indiana Councilman Leroy Robinson is proposing an expansive program to put AEDs in every public building in the county at a cost of over $450,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Indianapolis Initiative for More AEDs
The City and County will purchase 60 AEDs and deploy them around the area in rec centers, park buildings, and county office buildings. They will also be placed in police stations and the county jail. Experts around the country are calling this one of the most ambitious and expansive AED programs in the country but only if it’s passed.
I hope that Indianapolis EMS providers are telling their county council members to pass this bill. I also hope that other areas, places like the ones you ride in are looking at this initiative, too. We all need to urge our county and city governments to put more AEDs on the streets.
Get AEDs on the Streets, Too!
I know in my area, a group of county sheriff deputies are going to be carrying AEDs in their cars to respond to cardiac arrest calls. I’m proposing that these deputies receive a special commendation and decoration for every AED save they get. These rescue efforts should be recognized and raised up so that all people can see their success and know that they can do CPR and use and AED to save a life, too.
I’ll stay on top of initiatives like this out there because they change the way we approach and deal with sudden cardiac arrest. We all will end up with more saves because of the increased prevalence of AEDs and CPR trained bystanders out there.
Followup on the links to this news item and all the other articles and resources in this week’s episode show notes – Common Household Poisonings and Episode 398.