AED/PAD (Public Access Defibrillator)

Information on setting up an Automated External Defibrillators (AED)/Public Access Defibrillator Program (PAD) program

Our goal is to participate actively in strengthening the links in the chain of survival in our county by:

Being a point of contact for those interested in establishing a Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program.

Providing a resource packet for laypersons, corporations, work sites, and prescribing physicians with the information necessary to implement PAD programs:

  • Alameda County PAD program background
  • PAD program statistics and component information
  • Vendor information
  • Consultant / trainer information
  • New PAD site identification form
  • Prescribing physician information and forms
  • State and County regulations

When an Automated External Defibrillators (AED) is used for a cardiac arrest event, it is important to fill out the AED Use Form and submit it to the Alameda County EMS office, and notify your prescribing physician or medical director. This form helps us track AED usage and should be submitted within 24 hours of the use.

In the same way that CPR has become a skill that thousands of lay people have learned, the skill sets for using an AED can be easily taught. Most machines are very user friendly-some models use only simple pictures to demonstrate how to use the machine.

The most common statement by those who have used Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), in whatever the setting, is, "It does save lives." As AEDs become more commonplace in business and public places, we in EMS hope to see more lives saved. The life you save could be one of your own.

We welcome your interest and participation and will do everything possible to help you make an informed decision about establishing a PAD Program.

Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Launches Project HeartSAFE: An Automated External Defibrillation Project to Fight Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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