New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced that the
NYPD has expanded its Public Access Defibrillator Program, an initiative that
seeks to reduce mortality associated with out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. At
this time, every precinct, Police Service Area and Transit District is equipped
with an Automated External Defibrillator.
"By providing defibrillators at more than 100 locations across the city, the
New York City Police Department is ensuring that victims of cardiac arrest have
the greatest possible chance for survival," said Commissioner Kelly. "We have
not only provided this essential equipment to every precinct, we have also
established a complete training program to ensure that our officers are fully
prepared to use it during an medical emergency."
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is an electrical device that is
used to defibrillate a heart by applying electric shock to it. The NYPD launched
the Public Access Defibrillator Program as a pilot program
in 1997. The
Department provided portable defibrillators to the eight precincts with the
highest occurrences of cardiac arrest.
Since the program began, officers have used the defibrillators on 82 cardiac
arrest victims. In 16 cases, they managed to resuscitate the victim's heart. In
four of those cases, the victims survived the cardiac arrest and were later
discharged from the hospital.
In addition to precincts, PSAs, and Transit Districts, several other NYPD
Units are equipped with defibrillators, including the Highway, Harbor, Aviation,
and Emergency Service Units.