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.


2.    Program Coordinator

a.    The School District’s AED program Coordinator is the school nurse.


b.    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 a 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

a.    The medical advisor of the AED program is Dr. Rick Jackson, MD.

b.    The medical advisor has ongoing responsibility 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-event 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: July 13, 2009

Revised on: _________________________

Reviewed on: November 13, 2013

Reviewed on March 13, 2016