The Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator has been approved by the FDA for purchase without a prescription. However, this only applies to personal home use. If used in the public setting (Church, business, etc.) the owners/users are subject to the statutes and guidelines of the California Health and Safety Code, the California Code of Regulations and Ventura County EMS Agency Policy and Procedure Guidelines.
Authority: California Health and Safety Code Sections 1797.5, 1797.107, 1797.190 and 1797.196; California Code of Regulations Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 1.8 Sections 100031 through 100042; VCEMS Policy 1301
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Did you know that?
- More than 700 lives are lost every day to sudden cardiac arrest in the United States alone.
- Two out of every three sudden cardiac deaths occur before a victim can reach a hospital.
More than 95 percent of these cardiac arrest victims will die, many because of a lack of readily available life saving medical equipment.
- Once a victim has suffered a cardiac arrest, every minute that passes before returning the heart to a normal rhythm decreases the chance of survival by 10 percent.
- Communities that have implemented programs ensuring widespread public access to defibrillators, combined with appropriate training, maintenance, and coordination with local emergency medical systems, have dramatically improved the survival rates from cardiac arrest.
- (Findings made by Congress in the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of (November) 2000
The County's Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Program has two components:
Automatic External Defibrillator Program in County Facilities and
Encouraging Lay Rescuer AED Providers
What can you do?
If you are a County of Ventura employee, participate in the AED Program in County Facilities
If you are not a County of Ventura employee, encourage your employer to develop a Lay Rescuer AED Provider Program.
The Emergency Medical Services Agency has implemented an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program in 50 County of Ventura facilities. AED Programs have the potential to save up to 30 percent of cardiac arrest victims by providing them immediate access to medical care, including CPR and early defibrillation, crucial links in the American Heart Association's Chain of Survival.