Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program

Automated External Defibrillators (AED) - click to enlarge Public Access Defibrillation programs focus on coordinating the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in strategic locations throughout the community where there is a chance someone could suffer a cardiac arrest.

Halton Region’s Paramedic Services provides businesses and municipal partners in Halton with assistance implementing public access defibrillation programs.

What is public access defibrillation?

Public Access Defibrillation programs place Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) in strategic places throughout the community where there is a chance someone could suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.

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Why are PAD programs important?

  • PAD programs are important because every second counts during a cardiac emergency.
  • PAD programs promote the importance of CPR training as well as the Chain of Survival , which impacts the chances of survival for a person suffering a life threatening health emergency.
  • In addition to early first aid and CPR, treating a person suffering from a cardiac arrest with an AED, prior to paramedics arriving can greatly increase the person’s chances of survival.

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What is an AED?

  • An Automated External Defibrillator is a small portable device capable of analysing the electrical activity of a person’s heart determining if the heart would benefit from applying energy (‘a shock’).
  • The AED works by stopping the uncoordinated electrical activity of the heart, giving the heart a chance to re-establish a regular rhythm.

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What symbol is used to identify that a facility has a defibrillator available? Automated External Defibrillator Symbol

This is a universal logo used to alert people that an AED is installed and available within a facility.

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For more information , visit our section on establishing a workplace/facility Public Access Defibrillation program .