To apply for a free AED, a business must have fewer than 25 employees and agree to get them trained in CPR/AED.
Each year in the U.S., there are approximately 424,000 cardiac arrests outside of a hospital, and on average, just 5.2% of victims survive. Immediate CPR and early defibrillation with an AED can more than double a victim’s chance of survival. In fact, early defibrillation, along with CPR, is the only way to restore the victim’s heart rhythm to normal in a lot of cases of cardiac arrest. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, however, the chances of survival decrease by 7–10%.
BP Oddo has spent his entire career advocating the use of AEDs and CPR. In fact, his 2005 law, Local Law 20, was the first law in New York City mandating AEDs in many public buildings.
“This has been a labor of love for me,” said BP Oddo. “This machine is the difference between life and death. We want to make AEDs as common in buildings as fire extinguishers.”
For more information, visit statenislandusa.com/AED