Public Access Defibrillation

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are lightweight, portable devices that provide an electrical shock capable of restoring the normal heart rhythm of cardiac arrest victims.  On-the-spot access to this device for people who suffer a cardiac arrest has been found to be a key to survival. Wisconsin Statutes allow for the purchase, maintenance and use of AEDs in the public setting. Such places may include, but are not limited to, long-term care facilities, rural health clinics, community health centers, post offices, libraries and other civic centers, athletic facilities, senior citizen and day care facilities, faith-based organizations and schools. 

§895.48(4)(ag), Wisconsin Statutes, provides for civil immunity for certain persons who use, own and/or provide the public access semiautomatic defibrillators.  A layperson (other than a trained provider such as an emergency medical technician or first responder) can use a public access defibrillator to provide emergency care to an individual who appears to be in cardiac arrest.  

Courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of a semiautomatic defibrillator are offered by groups such as the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.

Another type of rescue care is being offered in some communities in Wisconsin.  This is referred to as Cardiocerebral Resuscitation or CCR.  Follow the CCR link for more information on this project and valuable training videos.

Last Revised: January 27, 2015