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Program Overview

Over 400,000 people die each year due to sudden cardiac arrest. Most are due to irregular heart rhythms called arrhythmias. Ventricular Fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia that causes cardiac arrest. Death follows within minutes without defibrillation or proper CPR. Defibrillation is the only known therapy for Ventricular Fibrillation of the heart. This technique of giving electrical shock can restore the normal heart rhythm if it is done within minutes of the arrest.

Traditionally the ability to defibrillate was purely on the hands of Emergency Medical Personnel. Even in the best of EMS systems, the ability of a trained person to arrive in time to defibrillate a victim was not very good. Today new generations of defibrillators called (AEDís) Automatic External Defibrillators, make it possible for anyone to deliver defibrillation. These units are light weight, effective, require low maintenance and are easy to use. Having CPR trained lay persons equipped with AEDís will save precious minutes and improve survival rates.

The City of Miami Fire Rescue Department has taken the initiative of establishing an AED PAD Program (Team for Life) in order to improve survival rates of those who suffer a cardiac arrest.

Objective

Team for Life will network with government organizations, private organizations and citizens to increase survivability by providing: awareness, training, management and oversight in a Public Access Defibrillation.

Participants in the Team for Life program will receive a two year certification in an American Heart (Heart Saver) Course. Recertification would be needed at the end of the two year period.

Many businesses have already taken advantage of the training and equipment. Training has been ongoing and will continue to accelerate in these locations.

In order for the success of this program, it will be necessary to deploy these units through our community. The initial cost of the units can be burdensome on some of our low income or non for profit businesses. The objective is to seek out the locations and approach them with the benefits of early defibrillation.

The Team for Life program has the facilities available to train a large amount of personnel. Our training center is properly equipped for this training. The program will also train personnel at their work location or home. The PAD Program will ensure the proper placement, training and maintenance of these life saving devices.

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