County health officials encourage AED registration

June 19, 2012

By Staff

King County public health officials launched a campaign June 4 to encourage businesses and organizations to adopt and register automated external defibrillators — portable devices designed to use electrical therapy to treat people suffering from cardiac arrest.

The effort, called the Shockingly Simple Campaign, is meant to encourage AED owners to register the devices with the county. The registration allows 911 dispatchers to locate the nearest AED during emergencies.

AED owners can register the devices on the Public Health – Seattle & King County website, http://kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/ems/community/aed/preregistration.aspx.

Officials said fewer than 1,000 businesses and organizations countywide have registered AEDs.

In many cases, AED use is a cardiac arrest patient’s only chance for survival.

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