Nov 29, 2021
Statewide EMS shortage makes AEDs even more critical
Since the start of 2020, the pandemic has amplified Texas' shortage of EMS professionals. Some EMTs burned out, others didn’t want the daily risk of Covid-19 exposure, and many have been drawn to higher paying jobs in our tight labor market. There has simultaneously been a shortage of new recruits as some EMS schools were closed for part of the pandemic.
In many jurisdictions, this has driven up the average EMS response time. Having AEDs nearby has always been important to ensure the fastest possible speed-to-shock. With delayed EMS response times, having an AED available may now drive an even larger difference in survival outcomes.