National AED Registry™
National AED Registry

National AED Registry™ -
Connecting AED locations to Agencies and Responders

The National AED Registry™ is the first and only national database resource specifically designed to help improve SCA survival rates by rapidly linking AEDs, AED users and SCA victims.

The Registry serves as a repository of important data about AEDs and related AED program personnel and infrastructure, including information about:

  • Individuals responsible for managing AED program sites and inspecting AEDs
  • The identity of AEDs by the manufacturer, make/model and serial number
  • The whereabouts of AEDs by physical address and specific placement location
  • Specific days and times of AED availability
  • The type and expiration dates of AED batteries and AED electrodes

Organizations that are registered in the National AED Registry™ receive the benefits of being available for EMS / 911 location services where available through the AEDLink Dispatch software.


According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrest strikes up to 350,000 victims each year in the US alone. Up to 85% of those occur outside the hospital setting. The most important variable impacting SCA survival rates is the time it takes to deliver the first AED shock. Public health research describes the importance of delivering the first shock within 3 minutes of the moment an individual experiences SCA.

To meet this public health objective, AEDs have placed in many public settings.

Despite the rapidly growing number of publicly placed AEDs, and the need for AEDs to be retrieved and used rapidly, states and localities often lack the infrastructure to reliably and effectively track and monitor AED deployment. Further, 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers handling SCA events generally lack critical information about the presence and location of these life-saving devices.


Today, publicly available AEDs are rarely retrieved and used because bystanders can’t see them and 9-1-1 dispatchers are typically unaware they are nearby. In fact, public access AEDs are only used to help an estimated 5% of all SCA victims – typically only when a device is clearly visible within about 50 feet of the victim’s location. Dispatcher knowledge of the whereabouts of nearby AEDs can increase the effective coverage range of each AED from 50 feet (direct line of sight) to 600 feet (available at a brisk minute walk). Knowing AED location information enables 9-1-1 agencies to help increase the number of times AEDs are used.


To address AED information challenges faced by state and local agencies, and to help make publicly placed AEDs more rapidly available and more frequently used, we have developed the National AED Registry™.


Guidelines and Recommendations

The new AHA guidelines have recommended communities reach out to citizen volunteers to help in the early treatment of SCA, before the arrival of EMS.

The American Journal of Emergency Medicine supports dispatchers knowing the location of AEDs and advising people where to find them. 

Application of AED in 2.6 minutes with help; 5.9 minutes without.

Evidenced-based Resuscitation Outcomes

We believe that, since this is 3.3 minutes faster and, since chances of survival decrease by 10% for every minute that goes by, then chances of survival could improve 33%.

The Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium 2009 study on the survival after application of AEDs before EMS arrival indicates that survival to discharge is 38% with an AED shock before EMS arrival versus 7% overall and only 9% with CPR and no AED.

Connecting the Dots

If you “do the math” – the two studies above complement each other. Survival to discharge without AED – 7%, potential increase with dispatcher assistance for AED locations of 33% - this is confirmed by the findings in the ROC study which also come to the conclusion that you can achieve as much as 38% survival with an AED prior to EMS arrival.

We connect these dots - successfully.

Improving Public Safety

From a public health perspective, it is important for public safety and public health agencies to implement technologies and systems capable of closing the AED information gap. Addressing this critical need is an essential element of the public health objective to improve SCA survival rates throughout the United States.