Public Access Defibrillation (PAD)
Cardiac arrest substantially contributes to avoidable death and disability across the United States. Using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) within minutes of cardiac arrest can dramatically improve survival rates.
Public access defibrillation (PAD) programs and policies work to ensure that AEDs are immediately available for use by lay bystanders when and where they are needed.
While all states have enacted some type of law pertaining to PAD, more information is needed to understand which types of PAD interventions could be addressed in an evidence-informed state PAD law. This report assesses best available evidence that aligns with state laws that address PAD.