Lifesaving Technology On-Loan from MedStar



MedStar program loans automatic external defibrillators to special events, free of charge.


Dallas / Fort Worth, TX — January 21, 2011 —    An automatic external defibrillator – or AED – can give a second chance to a person suffering a cardiac arrest.  AED’s are simple to use, portable and are specifically designed to be used by non-medically-trained people to deliver potentially lifesaving treatment even before an ambulance arrives. 


In an effort to make this lifesaving technology more accessible, MedStar EMS is proud to announce its AED Loan Program.   While many businesses, schools and public venues often have AED’s readily available, special events and one-time gatherings often don’t.  Through this innovative program, special event planners can borrow an AED unit on a short-term basis at no cost. 


“The survival rates of cardiac arrest patients can be significantly improved by more widespread use of AED’s,” says MedStar’s Medical Director, Dr. Jeff Beeson.  “This program provides a no-cost way to have an AED on-hand during events in our area that currently go without such potentially lifesaving coverage.”   


Studies by the American Heart Association indicate that almost 60% of cardiac arrests are witnessed by a bystander.  They also show that use of an AED by a bystander within the first 3-5 minutes of an arrest can dramatically increase survival rates by as much as 65%. 


Events that qualify for the program include:
Community, school, neighborhood or church events with attendance of over 500 people Group events with athletic or other strenuous activities Events attended by those at high risk for cardiac arrest, such as the elderly or a person with specific history of cardiac distress

To be eligible, events must be within MedStar’s 15-city service area and be held at a venue that does not already have an AED onsite.  Participants in the program will receive training from MedStar paramedics on chest compression CPR and how to use the AED device.  Participants must provide a deposit for the unit which will be refunded when the unit is returned to MedStar.  Alternately, the unit may be purchased at cost following the loan period, should the participant choose to keep the unit for future use.


Requests for the MedStar AED Loan Program can be made online at: or by calling (817) 923-3700 during normal business hours.  Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance and will be evaluated based on the event characteristics and availability of AED units for the requested time period.



About MedStar

Responding to over 100,000 calls each year, MedStar EMS is the exclusive emergency and non-emergency ambulance service provider to over 880,000 residents throughout  Fort Worth and 14 other Tarrant County cities including Haltom City, Burleson, Saginaw, White Settlement, Forest Hill, River Oaks, Lake Worth, Sansom Park, Westworth Village, Blue Mound, Edgecliff Village, Haslet, Lakeside and Westover Hills.  Established in 1986, MedStar is governed by the Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority board of directors and is one of only 132 ambulance services in the country to receive national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. 


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