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  People and equipment are the keys to an effective AED program. Workplace responders must be screened and well trained to ensure they can be effective in an emergency, and they must have access to equipment and supplies that will enable them to treat the highest percentage of emergencies possible.
The emergency equipment that should be part of an AED program includes:
  • AEDs, all of the same make and model to make it easier to train responders on its operation and to maintain,
  • emergency oxygen for use during CPR, because it increases the likelihood that the AED will be effective, and for use in most emergencies,
  • a first aid kit for use by workplace responders to treat injuries suffered by SCA victims as they fall and other injuries that may be present,
  • bloodborne pathogens protection and cleanup kits as required by OSHA,
  • victim prep kit, including scissors and a razor to cut away clothing and assure adhesion of AED electrodes, and

As for the people who comprise the workplace responder teams, federal guidelines published by the General Services Administration state that AEDs should be used only by those who have received proper training and education. Training recommended for workplace responder teams includes CPR, AED operation, emergency oxygen administration, bloodborne pathogens protection and cleanup, and first aid. While most workplace responders are not medical personnel, with proper training they can effectively bridge the gap until local EMS arrives. However, their ability to function appropriately in an emergency depends on the consistency and quality of their training. Best practices indicate the need to provide the same training organization-wide. The program manager is responsible for selecting a trainer that meets the following four criteria:

  • provides consistent, standardized training among all facilities,
  • delivers training that meets AHA guidelines or the equivalent along with state and local regulations,
  • uses trained professional instructors with practical experience, and
  • provides optimal skill development and retention through hands-on repetition.

The alternative to selecting a sole-source training provider is to select independent trainers for each of the basic training courses at each facility and to provide every trainer with explicit guidelines to ensure consistency. If the training providers do not track state and local regulations, the responsibility falls on the manager of the program to ensure the individual training programs meet them.


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