Cardiac arrest can occur anywhere.

Even on airplanes.

What are AEDs?

 

Automated external defibrillators are used to resuscitate a person in cardiac arrest. They can easily be applied by a non-medical bystander.

 

Time is crucial when it comes to resuscitations. Every minute, the chances to survive a cardiac arrest drop by 10%. A defibrillation must be applied as soon as possible.

 

Why should they be mandatory on airplanes?

 

On average an airplane needs 15-20 minutes from declaring a medical emergency until medical emergency personnel enters the plane after an emergency landing.

 

In the U.S. AEDs have been mandatory on most commercial airplanes for over a decade. Why aren't they required in the European Union? People suffering from a cardiac arrest have literally no chance to survive without an AED on board. We call on the EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency, and the European Commission to make AEDs mandatory on commercial airplanes in the airspace of the European Union.

 

Who can use AEDs?

 

Only a short training is needed to be able to use AEDs. Under certain circumstances, even untrained persons can apply AEDs to resuscitate those in cardiac arrest. Flight attendants can easily be trained in applying AEDs. On most flights medical professionals are present as passengers.

Is it possible to make AEDs mandatory on airplanes?

 

It is no problem at all to make AEDs mandatory on airplanes in the European Union.

The European Commission and the EASA would only have to change the implementing rule of one regulation.

 

Are AEDs expensive?

 

AEDs cost less than 1000 € per piece.

 

Aren't there AEDs on aircrafts in the European Union already?

 

Today, some airlines carry AEDs on board voluntarily, but some do not. We want travelers to be equal.

Your life shouldn't depend on which airline you fly. Safety must be mandatory.