From July 2000 until September 2003, Edmonton was one of 24 communities across North America to participate in the Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) Trial. The trial was undertaken to determine whether placement of AEDs in public locations would increase survival of out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrests.
In 2009 The “Edmonton HeartSafe” program transitioned into Alberta Health Services and became the first province wide PAD program named Heart Safe Community.
Edmonton currently has 477 active AEDs in the provincial registry, the largest number any one municipality.
City of Edmonton itself is an active participant of PAD with 214 active AEDs registered at public facilities. This number amounts to 45% of AEDs in the entire City!
Thank you City of Edmonton for continuing to be a Heart Safe Community!