Status: Baseline only
Increase the rate of bystander automated external defibrillator (AED) use for non-traumatic cardiac arrests occurring in public locations
Baseline: 11.4 percent of bystanders used an AED for non-traumatic cardiac arrests occurring in public locations in 2017
Target: 14.8 percent
Cardiac arrests that happen outside the hospital are the leading cause of death in the United States. People who have cardiac arrests in public are more likely to survive if a bystander uses an AED (automated external defibrillator) before emergency responders arrive. Putting AEDs in public places and teaching people how to use them can increase the rate of bystander AED use and increase cardiac arrest survival rates.
Workgroup: Preparedness Workgroup