Should Automated External Defibrillators - portable devices designed to be used by the general public to "shock" somebody in cardiac arrest - be required on trains? That's the question being asked after a Chicago-area man died from a heart attack while commuting to work this week. AEDs, as they are known, have been required on airplanes since 2001, and are becoming increasingly common in public areas like shopping malls and sports stadiums.
Though survival rates for cardiac arrest are pretty dismal, early CPR and early defibrillation are simple and effective interventions. Are you CPR/AED certified? Check out the American Heart Association website to learn how to save a life!