Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, along with county officials, county fire and police chiefs, and Katrysha Gellis of SaveStation, show one of the 17 new AED SaveStations located at a county park. (Photo courtesy of the Howard County Government)


HOWARD COUNTY, MD — More than a dozen automated external defibrillators will be installed in public places across Howard County, officials announced.

Howard County is adding 17 AED SaveStations at regional parks. These SaveStations are designed to house any AED, inside and outside, and allow for 24-hour access to the life-saving units. Park visitors can quickly and easily locate one of the AEDs by using the PulsePoint AED app, which can be downloaded for free from Apple’s App Store or from the Google Play app store.

Each Howard County park ranger vehicle also is equipped with an AED and every park ranger has been trained on how to use an external defibrillator.

“For every minute that someone is in sudden cardiac arrest, their chance of survival can decrease to between 7 and 10 percent. Tragically, across our nation, survival from sudden cardiac arrest is only around 10 percent. We are taking another step forward in being a model community for cardiac arrest survival by placing AEDs in more locations throughout the county to ensure bystanders and loved ones have the means to act fast to improve a sudden cardiac arrest patients’ survival. We can save more lives because we know that every second matters,” Howard County Executive Calvin Ball said at a news conference.



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