Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Can Happen to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere. 

The S.H.O.C. began in April of 2004 the Carver County Emergency Medical Services Group. The group consists of members from fire departments, ambulance services and the Carver County Public Health Department. SHOC's statement is to Save Hearts in our Communities by increasing and improving awareness, access and use of AED’s (Automatic External Defibrillators).

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  • Help us prevent death from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
  • Help us educate citizens about Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
  • Help us train people how to perform CPR and use AEDs.
  • Help us encourage healthy lifestyles.
  • Help us identify AED locations in Carver County and encourage listing AED devices on the National Registry of AEDs.

American Heart Association Cardiac Critical Chain of Survival 

  1. Early Access to the emergency response system. Dial 911;
  2. Early and effective CPR to support circulation to the heart and brain until normal heart activity is restored;
  3. Early to treat cardiac arrest caused by Ventricular Fibrillation;
  4. Early advanced care by EMS and hospital personnel.

When AED use is combined with effective CPR, many more SCA lives are saved than with CPR alone. It's estimated by the American Heart Association that over 50,000 lives a year could be saved by the early use of an AED combined with prompt bystander CPR. Studies have shown that immediate use of an AED can increase a victim's chance of survival from about 5% to between 50 and 74%! 


Hazard Identification

Cardiac disease is one of the leading causes of death in our nation, claiming more than 456,000 persons nationwide each year.  According to the American Heart Association, about 160,000 of these deaths are out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest brought on by ventricular fibrillation (VF). VF is a dangerous arrhythmia in which the heart quivers chaotically instead of beating in a normal rhythm resulting in death. The only effective treatment for ventricular fibrillation is the delivery of an electric shock a defibrillator. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a simple, easy-to-use device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm and tells the user to deliver a shock if necessary.

Early (within 3-5 minutes of the heart attack) is critical to survival. Every minute defibrillation is delayed, survival rates plunge 7 to 10 percent. When a medical emergency occurs, the immediate reaction is to dial 911, but in the case of a cardiac arrest, EMS may not be enough to save a victim’s life. On average, EMS teams in the U.S. 6-12 minutes to respond to medical emergencies. The solution is the deployment of automated external defibrillators in key locations where people congregate: health clubs, stadiums, airports, businesses, and public buildings such as schools.

AEDs make early defibrillation a viable option. In addition, AEDs are easy to use, even for lay people with minimal training.

Legal Liability

Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and MN state agencies regulate AEDs. The AED legal and regulatory landscape is evolving rapidly. However, at this time, liability risk associated with early defibrillation programs is minimal and the benefits associated with widespread early far outweigh liability risks. Several reasons exist for liability risk.

  1. First, if sudden cardiac arrest is untreated, the victim will die. As a general rule, an AED used properly can only help. 
  2. Second, most AED users will be protected by state Good Samaritan laws. 
  3. Third, the AEDs on the market today are both easy to use and difficult to misuse.


Key to the success of Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) programs is raising public awareness of AEDs and their life-saving power. CPR/AED training is recommended every 2 years – only CPR/AED trained individuals are recommended to use AEDs.

CPR Video Link

Carver County AED Training Institutions

Carver Fire Department 

Chaska Fire Department 

E.M.T.S. Norwood) 

Ridgeview Medical Center 

Watertown Fire Department 

Personal Protective Equipment

Each AED should include a PPE kit containing a CPR mask, trauma scissors, a razor, paper towels, and gloves for Personal Protection when responding to a cardiac arrest situation. Gloves should always be worn when there is a potential for exposure to body fluids (i.e. ).

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Helpful Links


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When a cardiac emergency strikes, finding an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can help save a life. But that takes knowing where AEDs are located.

PulsePoint AED lets you report and update AED locations so that emergency responders, including nearby citizens trained in CPR and off-duty professionals such as firefighters, police officers and nurses, can find an AED close to them when a cardiac emergency occurs.

With PulsePoint AED you can help strengthen the chain of survival for cardiac arrest victims. Download PulsePoint AED for free and use it to report AEDs in your community. Describe the location, snap a picture, and the information is stored for local authorities to verify. After that, the AED location data is made available to anyone using PulsePoint Respond (also available for free in the App Store). PulsePoint Respond is the app that alerts citizen responders who know CPR to local emergencies near them and also to the location of the nearest AED.

The AEDs that you locate and report using PulsePoint AED are also made available to local dispatchers in the emergency communication center, allowing them to direct callers to the nearby life-saving devices.

Watch this brief video to see just how easy it is to add an AED to your community’s registry on an iOS or Android device.




Content Below from American Heart Association

What is a heart attack?

A heart attack occurs when a blocked artery prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching a section of the heart. If the blocked artery is not reopened quickly, the part of the heart normally nourished by that artery begins to die. The longer a person goes without treatment, the greater the damage. Symptoms of a heart attack may be immediate and intense. More often, though, symptoms start slowly and persist for hours, days or weeks before a heart attack. Unlike with sudden cardiac arrest, the heart usually does not stop beating during a heart attack. The heart attack symptoms in women can be different than men.

What is cardiac arrest?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurs suddenly and often without warning. It is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). With its pumping action disrupted, the heart cannot pump blood to the brain, lungs and other organs. Seconds later, a person loses consciousness and has no pulse. Death occurs within minutes if the victim does not receive treatment.

What is the link?

These two distinct heart conditions are linked. Sudden cardiac arrest can occur after a heart attack, or during recovery.  Heart attacks increase the risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Most heart attacks do not lead to sudden cardiac arrest. But when sudden cardiac arrest occurs, heart attack is a common cause. Other heart conditions may also disrupt the heart’s rhythm and lead to sudden cardiac arrest. These include a thickened heart muscle (cardiomyopathy), heart failure, arrhythmias, particularly ventricular fibrillation, and long Q-T syndrome.


Signs and Emergency Treatment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

  • Sudden loss of responsiveness (no response to tapping on shoulders).
    • No response to tapping on shoulders.
    • Does nothing when you ask if he's OK.
  • No normal breathing
    • Victim is not breathing or is only gasping.

If you suspect someone is suffering from cardiac arrest:

  • Tap and shout
    • Check if the person responds. Tap him and shout, “Are you OK?” If he doesn’t move, speak, blink, or otherwise react, then he is not responding.
  • Yell for help
    • Tell someone to call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number and get an AED (if one is available). 
    • If you are alone with an adult who has these signs of cardiac arrest, call 9-1-1 and get an AED (if one is available). 
  • Check breathing:
    • If the person isn't breathing or is only gasping, give CPR.
  • Give CPR: Push hard and fast
    • Push down at least 2 inches at a rate of 100 to 120 pushes a minute in the center of the chest, allowing the chest to come back up to its normal position after each push.
  • Use an AED as soon as it arrives by turning it on and following the prompt.
  • Keep pushing until the person starts to breathe or move or someone with more advanced training takes over.

Compression-Only CPR

"Compression-Only CPR, Two Simple Steps to Save a Life" is a short video on compression-only CPR for the typical community lay responder. This video was developed by Dr. Sippell and Ridgeview Medical Center.



Content Below from American Heart Association's

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