Time is of the essence! The average response time for first responders once 911 is called is approximately 8-12 minutes. For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced by 10%.
Consequently, it is important that AEDs are readily available and located in public areas such as malls, airports, schools, churches, fitness centers and even medical facilities. Optimal AED placement allows a person to grab the AED and return to the victim within 90 seconds.
Unfortunately, these life-saving devices have been associated with malfunctioning problems and 2 million devices have been recalled. The FDA has received approximately 72,000 reports associated with the failure of such devices between January 2005 and September 2014. During this same period, defibrillator manufacturers have issued 111 recalls.