The state police in Puerto Rico are deploying automated external defibrillators(AEDs) for use by regional police stations and emergency services. The acquisition of 125 Cardiac Science Powerheart AED G3s was announced at anews conference last month by Police Superintendent Jose Figueroa Sancha, Emergency Medical Services Director Heriberto Sauri, and 911 Executive Director Desiderio Ortiz.
Announcing the new AED program, Sauri noted that the average response time for a medical emergency reported to the 9-1-1 system in Puerto Rico is 16 minutes. Equipping police stations with AEDs is part of an effort to improve response time. In cases of sudden cardiac arrest, a victim’s chances of survival drop by 10 percent for every minute that passes without defibrillation.
More than 300 police officers have been trained in CPR and AED use as part of the new defibrillator initiative.