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Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD): Implementing a Church Program

Gilchrist, Jody

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318246e2d3
Feature: parish nursing

Abstract: For every minute without cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation, the odds of surviving cardiac arrest decrease by 7% to 10%. Churches can implement a public access to defibrillation (PAD) program and help save lives. This article outlines steps and resources for setting up a PAD program.

Odds of surviving cardiac arrest decrease 7–10% every minute without CPR and defibrillation. Steps to implementing PAD in your church may be easier than you think.

Jody Gilchrist, ACNP-BC, CRNP, RN, is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and instructor at University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Nursing. Jody is active at South Highland Presbyterian Church.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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