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About AEDs      

What are AEDs?

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator

An AED is a device used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart.  Built-in computers assess the patients heart rhythm, judge whether defibrillation is needed and then administer the shock.  Audio and/or visual prompts guide the user through the process.  

FAQs about AEDs 

Let's see how it looks when being used...


            1.Continue CPR while applying AED 
               2. Do not touch patient as AED analyzes 
              3. Push the button to deliver the shock

Maryland PAD Program

The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) is the state agency that oversees the Maryland Public Access Automated External Defibrillator Program (PAD) and as such, approves entities meeting the necessary requirements to participate in the Maryland Public Access AED Program. Specific requirements have been developed for entities that wish to set up an AED program, including registration with MIEMSS, training of expected AED operators by an approved AED training program, and the ability to access 9-1-1 immediately. A certificate issued by MIEMSS to a registered entity is effective for three years if compliance with the program requirements is maintained.

For more information on the Maryland PAD Program or how to register an AED, click here.


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