3029 Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Program

3029 Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Program

An automatic external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device used to induce electrical stimulation to the heart muscle in the event of a potential cardiac arrest.  The school district has a limited number of AEDs in its facilities.  The location of the AEDs will be determined by the AED Program Coordinator in consultation with members of the school district  administration and the local fire/EMS department.  The presence of AEDs in certain locations in selected district buildings does not imply that AEDs will generally be available in all locations or in all district buildings.  Likewise, the district does not make any promise, express or implied, that a trained staff member will be available to operate the AED in the event of a potential cardiac arrest.

  1. Equipment
    Equipment shall be an automated external defibrillator in working condition that meets standards established by the Federal Food and Drug Administration and is in compliance with the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule.  Gifts, grants and donations, including in-kind donations, designated for obtaining an automated external defibrillator, or for inspection, maintenance or training in the use of an automated external defibrillator will be accepted and placed into a special district account to assist in obtaining and maintaining AEDs.

    When the school acquires an AED it will notify the local emergency medical service of the existence, location, and type of the AED, and will notify EMS of any change in the location of such defibrillator.  If an AED is located in a bus or other school vehicle, only the primary site where the vehicle or object is located will be reported to EMS.

  2. Program Coordinator
    • The School District’s AED Program Coordinator is the head nurse. (Insert the name of the position: i.e. the superintendent of schools, the school nurse, etc.)
    • The Program Coordinator shall:
      • Consult with the school’s administration and the medical advisor to develop a written protocol for the use of AEDs, and post such protocol near each AED
      • Select employees for AED training
      • Arrange for appropriate training of anticipated users at least annually
      • Maintain a training schedule that includes the names of those trained and dates both of current training and dates for recertification.
      • Check equipment according to the manufacturer’s guidelines and take appropriate action in the event of any variance or need
      • Maintain on file a specification sheet on each approved AED model
      • Monitor the effectiveness of this system
      • Communicate with medical director on issues related to medical emergency response program including post-event reviews
      • Coordinate with the local fire department and police department 
      • Take appropriate steps after an AED event, including sharing of data with appropriate medical and EMS personnel, cleaning, replacing or recharging components of the AED as appropriate.
  3. Medical Oversight
    • The medical advisor of the AED program is Ann Young, APRN.
    • The medical advisor has ongoing responsibillity for:
      • Providing medical direction for use of AEDs
      • Writing a prescription for AEDs
      • Reviewing and approving guidelines for emergency procedures related to use of AEDs and cardio pulmonary resuscitation
      • Evaluation of post-even review forms and digital files downloaded from the AED
  4. Volunteer Responders
    Anyone may, at their discretion, provide voluntary assistance to victims of medical emergencies.  The extent to which these individuals respond shall be appropriate to their training and experience, and may include CPR, AED or medical first aid.

Adopted on: May 13, 2013
Revised on: November 13, 2017
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