Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
The Office of Risk Management strongly encourages each location to acquire, properly register and maintain each AED unit. When weighing the importance of having an operational unit available, please consider the following:
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the US, killing an estimated 325,000 Americans each year.
- It is estimated that 95 percent of those who suffer cardiac arrest die before they reach a hospital or other source of emergency help.
- SCA kills on average 1,000 people every day. That's one person every two minutes.
- Without emergency medical help, SCA leads to death within minutes.
Victims of cardiac arrest can be saved if an AED is available to deliver an electric shock and restore the heart to its normal patterned rhythm.
Are you in compliance with Maryland State law?
Under Maryland State law, COMAR 30.06.01-05, all locations having an AED unit must have a valid certificate for each AED unit prior to putting the unit into service. It is critical that all AED units are properly registered with the State. Failure to do so will result in the loss of critical civil immunities that are granted to those locations that comply by having properly registered units.
If you determine that your location has an AED unit which is not properly registered, please click here to the following reference in order to complete the registration process for the unit(s).
If your location does not currently have an AED unit, but is interested in learning more about possibly acquiring a unit, contact one of these vendors for additional information are:
Chesapeake AED Services
810 Back River Neck Road
Essex, MD 21221
Toll Free: 866-597-4277
10611 Iron Bridge Road
Jessup, MD 20794
Should your location have interest in acquiring an AED unit but cost considerations have been a barrier, please consider the following as possible means by which to fund an AED unit:
- Does your location have a parishioner, parent of a student or alumni who is a physician and would be willing to sponsor the unit?
- Does your location have the support of a Knights of Columbus Council? Would the Council be willing to assist with the cost of the unit?
- If a parish location, could you consider a second collection or increased offertory program targeted to fund the unit?
- If a school location, would your parent association assist with the cost of the unit?
Here you will find some additional funding resources for starting an AED Program :
Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, Inc.
Contact: Frederick J. Perella, Jr., Exec. V.P.