FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OPCD, New Orleans EMS, New Orleans Health Department and En-Pro Management, Inc.
Announce Launch of New Orleans AED Registry Website
NEW ORLEANS, LA (August 16, 2019) – The Orleans Parish Communication District (OPCD) in partnership with New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, the New Orleans Health Department and En-Pro Management, Inc. have launched a free online automated external defibrillator (AED) registry at http://nola.nationalaedregistry.com/ for businesses and organizations in Orleans Parish.
The New Orleans AED Registry will provide AED owners the opportunity to register their AED devices with OPCD, allowing organizations the ability to become compliant with Louisiana state law, while offering free services to assist with AED maintenance and training.
“It is critical that organizations in Orleans Parish take this opportunity to register their AED devices,” stated OPCD Executive Director, Tyrell Morris. “Not only is the New Orleans AED Registry designed to make the registration process quick and efficient, but it also helps to ensure that these life-saving devices are properly maintained and ready for use, should the need arise.”
Louisiana Revised Statutes – 40:1137.3 states, any person or entity that possesses an AED shall notify a local provider of emergency medical services, such as a 911 service, local ambulance service, or fire department of the acquisition, location, and type of AED.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control, in regards to Public Access AEDs, Louisiana is one of four states in the Union that ranks highest in ‘best’ and ‘promising’ evidence-informed public access defibrillation policy interventions,” exclaims Dr. Emily Nichols, Director of New Orleans Emergency Medical Services. “The New Orleans AED Registry Website is a tool that keeps New Orleans a leader for other cities throughout the country when it comes to emergency pre-hospital care.”
Included in the AED registration at http://nola.nationalaedregistry.com/ are a host of free comprehensive management solutions. Organizations and businesses registering an AED will receive online management of AED location and maintenance information, AED battery and electrode date expiration email reminders and faster AED notifications from manufacturer and government agencies. They will also receive AED and SCA awareness-building materials.
“Quick access to a properly maintained AED will allow more bystanders to save lives. The New Orleans AED Registry is one critical step to ensure that as a community we are able to provide rapid care for those in cardiac arrest,” stated Dr. Jennifer Avegno, Director of New Orleans Health Department.
“We are pleased to be a partner with OPCD, and support the citizens of Orleans Parish, by providing them with this Registry.” said En-Pro’s General Manager, John Pierson. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with OPCD and to growing our registry network throughout the state to help provide support for organizations with AED devices and emergency responders.”
OPCD will host a press conference at 12:30 p.m. CST at 118 City Park Ave in the Chief Warren E. McDaniels Sr. 911 Center to officially launch the AED Registry website.
About New Orleans EMS (https://www.nola.gov/ems/)
New Orleans Medical Emergency Services is dedicated to providing the highest quality pre-hospital emergency care to individuals living in and visiting New Orleans.
As public servants, EMS provides time-sensitive, medically-sound and respectful, compassionate delivery of this pre-hospital health care.
About New Orleans Health Department (https://www.nola.gov/health-department/)
The mission of the nationally accredited New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) is to protect, promote, and improve the health of all where we live, learn, work and play. NOHD is committed to building a healthy New Orleans through equitable social and environmental conditions and through policies, programs and partnerships that promote health.
About En-Pro® Management, Inc. (https://www.enproinc.com/)
As the leading global provider of customized AED programs— En-Pro® Management Inc., software has been localized in 17 languages and delivered in over 50 countries. We understand the complexities of AED program implementation and assessed risk. En-Pro has earned its status by consistently delivering advanced AED program solutions supported by a robust customer service team with local support throughout the world for almost 20 years. For more information visit, www.PlusTrac.com
About Orleans Parish Communications District (www.911nola.org)
Formed in 1982, the Orleans Parish Communication District is the public safety answering point (PSAP) for all emergency communications via 9-1-1 and non-emergency city services via 3-1-1 within Orleans Parish. The agency employs over 140 individuals and provides emergency medical dispatch, emergency fire dispatch, and emergency police dispatch for the millions of annual visitors and residents of the City of New Orleans. OPCD is a member of the Association of Public Safety Communication Officials (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).
Marcus W. Creel, MS
OPCD Public Engagement Manager