Community public access sites: Compliance with American Heart Association recommendations

Sarah E. Haskell, Michael Post, Peter Cram, Dianne L. Atkins

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Background: Public access defibrillation (PAD) programs are a major goal of the American Heart Association (AHA) to ensure that automated external defibrillators and trained lay rescuers are available in public areas where sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is likely to occur. The Johnson County Early Defibrillation Task Force (JCEDTF) is a volunteer organization which distributed AEDs throughout Johnson County, Iowa. JCEDTF was responsible for initial training but ongoing support was the responsibility of each site. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate compliance of community PAD sites to recommendations for site maintenance as proposed by the American Heart Association (AHA). Methods: Thirty-two surveys were distributed to community PAD sites that received assistance from JCEDTF. PAD sites were categorized into business, educational, or community sites. A twenty-five point scoring system to assess PDA programs was developed based on AHA recommendations. On-site evaluations were conducted to verify survey results and assess barriers to an effective PAD site. Differences among the three categories were measured with ANOVA. Results: No site was able to comply with all the AHA guidelines for a PAD site. The mean score among all sites was 57% of possible points with no significant differences among the three categories. Business sites were more compliant with ongoing training compared to educational and community sites (p < 0.022). Conclusions: Community PAD sites in Johnson County currently do not comply with the recommendations for effective PAD sites. After initial training and establishment of community PAD sites, better methods for assuring ongoing training and maintenance are needed for sites to be effective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)854-858
Number of pages5
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Automated external defibrillators
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Public access defibrillation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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