The vision of the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte is making our community one of the top 10 healthiest communities in our state by the year 2030. While we find the acute intervention of AEDs to be beneficial, we prefer prevention over intervention. We are working with the community to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac arrest and enhance our overall health.
Interested in applying for an AED?
AED applications are during our 2 grant cycles each year. The 2020 grant cycle opens January 3 and closes February 21. Visit our grant portal here to apply or our FAQ page for additional information. Applicants will be notified via email with next steps.
Applying for cabinets with your AED(s)? See cabinet options below:
On a regular basis, once a week, you should do the following:
- Check the readiness display to determine the level of battery charge and that the OK symbol is visible.
- Check the Use By date on the therapy electrode packet.
- Check the other emerge supplies that may be stored with the defibrillator.
The AED needs attention if any of the following conditions occur:
- The OK level is not visible
- The level of battery charge is low
- The electrode Use By date has passed
Replace the battery or electrode packet as indicated. If the OK symbol does not appear, call your authorized service personnel.
It is your responsibility to always have access to a spare, fully-charged, properly-maintained battery. The AED performs a daily self-test every 24 hours and every time you turn it on. Use only the accessories specified in the operation and instructions.
The AED must be easily accessible to anyone during the hours of operation for your facility, whether open to the public or employees. Place the AED in high-traffic areas that are both secure and accessible. According to the American Heart Association, a rescuer should be able to reach the potential victim within three minutes. The height to reach the handle of the AED should not be more than 48 inches high per Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.
(SOURCE: LaPorte County Emergency Medical Service, AED Collective)
Site selection for your AED is important
- Your AED should be easily accessible in a highly visible area and mounted in a way that adheres to ADA guidelines.
- Make sure there is adequate signage to make it easy for individuals to locate the AED.
- Make sure people in your facility know you have an AED along with its location.
- The AED ideally should be within a 90-second brisk walk from any point in the area it is meant to serve.
- In multilevel buildings the AED should be located in the same area on each level, if possible, so as to avoid confusion.
- High traffic areas and places of physical exertion are ideal sites for the AED to be located.
For additional information, please go to the LaPorte County EMS AED Collective Website.
Registering your AEDs
Please CLICK HERE to register all AED devices.
Even if you did not receive your AED device(s) through the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, it is important to register each of your devices. This ensures that we and the community can monitor where devices are located and ensure any AED location gaps are identified.
We, at HFL, have worked with the LaPorte County EMS to ensure our devices have cross-compatible wires and leads. This saves the EMS time and eliminates the need to swap them for those that are compatible with their AED machines. When it comes to sudden cardiac arrest, every second counts!
If you intend to purchase your own AED, please be sure to read through the LaPorte County EMS purchase guidelines to ensure your device is also cross-compatible.