Approximately 90 percent of people experiencing cardiac arrest die before receiving emergency care. In order to halt this trend and save lives in our community, Newton Medical Center Foundation launched a campaign in 2001 that helps make automated external defibrillators (AEDs) widely available to the public.
If your organization or company would like to partner with us to obtain a portable AED, please download and complete our application >
Use of the AED requires certification and training, which we offer on a monthly basis in partnership with the American Heart Association. Learn more >
In addition, Newton Medical Center provides training and physician oversight to not-for-profit organizations, law enforcement, schools and others who will be working with AEDs.
Facts About AED and Our Program
- More than 3,500 individuals have been trained by Newton Medical Center since the program's inception.
- The AEDs and the people trained to use them have directly saved the lives of 47 members of the community.
- The American Hospital Association reports that CPR, combined with the use of an AED, more than doubles the chances of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest compared with using CPR alone.
- Based on national statistics related to out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, researchers estimate that bystander CPR plus use of an AED in the United States and Canada saves 522 lives a year, or more than one life per day.