Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs)

Orange County Emergency Medical Services   

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a device used when someone is experiencing certain types of cardiac arrest. In cardiac arrest, or sudden cardiac death, the heart’s electrical activity is disorganized and there is no effective pumping of blood. An AED is capable of recognizing the heart's electrical activity, determining if an electric shock is required, and restoring normal heart rhythm.

AED devices are safe. They are programmed to deliver shocks only when the heart rhythm is not effective and the electric shock is definitely required. If the shock is needed, a voice prompt in the AED is activated, telling the rescuer to push a button to deliver the shock. The device is only applied when a person has collapsed in cardiac arrest, has no effective breathing or coughing, and no movement. An AED should not deliver an electric shock if applied by mistake to a person who has fainted or had a seizure.

California law allows the placement and use of AEDs in the home, work settings, and other public locations. Rules for training vary depending on whether the AED is for a specific individual, or for use in a public setting. Orange County Emergency Medical Services should be notified when an AED device is located in a private or public setting anywhere in the County of Orange. Specific information related to AED program requirements can be found by viewing the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Ch. 1.8 and other provided in links on this page.      

Training Organizations

The following are a few of the AED training programs available to train the lay public. In addition, these training programs have medical directors that provide prescriptions and medical oversight.

American Red Cross
Marsha McNamara
601 North Golden Circle Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92702

Center for Health Care Education 
Joan Hepworth
3747 Arlington Ave.
Riverside, CA 92506-2608

CME Associates
Tom Mercier, RN
1303 East Lincoln Ave., Suite D
Orange, CA 92865

The Life Trends Group, TLTG Inc.
Bryan Flynn
34145 Pacific Coast Hwy.,#101
Dana Point, CA 92629

Ray Of Life Foundation
American Heart Association Training Site
Helena Jacobson
25422 Trabuco Rd #105-477
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Slate Medical LLC
Eric Podevels
9419 Spectrum
Irvine, CA 92618

UCI Medical Center
Mark Langdorf, MD
101 City Drive South
Orange, CA 92668

Vendors who sell the AED device

American Red Cross
Approved AED vendor for: Cardiac Science, Philips and Zoll Medical
Sales Contact: Choy-Seng Chew
601 N. Golden Circle,
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Cardiac Science Inc.
Product Name: Powerheart AED
Sales Contact: Enrique Christopherson
949-294-5977 or 760-815-8384
3303 Monte Villa Parkway
Bothell, WA 98021-8969

Medtronic Physio-Control
Product Name: Lifepak 500
Sales Contact: Mark Sheldahl
800-442-1142, ext. 2204
11811 Willows Road
NEPO Box 97023
Redmond, WA 98073-9723

PHILIPS Healthcare - HeartStart Operations
Product Name: HeartStart Defibrillators
Sales Contact: Bryan Flynn
(877) 443-2994
34145 Pacific Coast Highway #101,
Dana Point, CA 92629

Ray of Life
Product Name: Any and all AEDs available for purchase
Helena Jacobson
25422 Trabuco Rd #105-477
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Zoll Medical Corporation
Product Name: Zoll AED
Sales Contact: Catherine Prophet
800-242-9150, ext. 571
32 Second Avenue
Burlington, Mass 01803-4420

For more information

Contact Orange County Emergency Medical Services, 714-834-3500.


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