- What is an AED?
- Why should I register?
- How can I get training?
- Go to registration form
- Download the AED brochure (PDF)
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that automatically analyzes heart rhythms and determines if a shock is needed. AEDs are easy to use, safe and effective.
Early defibrillation is the standard of care for adult victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Everyone who has a duty to respond to victims of sudden cardiac arrest should be trained and equipped to defibrillate. Thanks to technological advances leading to the development of the AED, this goal has become easier to achieve.
Missouri and Kansas both require owners of AEDs to register with local emergency medical services so that emergency communications and medical services personnel may be aware of an AED placement within their jurisdiction.
If you or your organization place an AED within the Missouri counties of Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte or Ray, or the Kansas counties of Johnson, Leavenworth or Wyandotte, completing MARC's AED registration form fulfills your obligation of notification. (For Douglas County, Kansas, visit www.ci.lawrence.ks.us.)
Some cities in the metro area also have rules and regulations regarding AED registration. (Liberty, Mo., has provided copies of its AED policy and AED ordinance for cities that might be considering their own regulations.) Please check with your city hall to see if any local ordinances apply.
Only people who are trained should operate AEDs or perform CPR. CPR and AED training classes are available throughout the metropolitan area. View CPR and AED training information>
*MARC does not endorse any providers of defibrillation products or services. These links to manufacturers are provided only as a public service.