Public Access to Defibrillation Print

The Lord Fairfax EMS Council is proud to now offer the sale of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) from Cardiac Science Corporation.

 Over 400,000 people die each year in the United States from sudden cardiac arrest. Cardiac
arrest usually results from some underlying form of heart disease. Most cardiac arrests
are due to abnormal heart rhythms called arrhythmias. Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) is the most common
arrhythmia that causes cardiac arrest. Death follows within minutes without defibrillation.

 WHY DEFIBRILLATION IS IMPORTANT
Sudden cardiac arrest is commonly caused by ventricular fibrillation– when the heart’s electrical impulses become
irregular and the heart is not able to pump oxygen rich blood throughout the body. To restore the heart to a normal
rhythm, a defibrillation device sends an electrical current (a shock) through the erratic heart. These lifesaving
devices are known as automated external defibrillators (AEDs).