If selecting the right people and equipment are key to implementing an AED
program, scheduling, documenting, and maintaining equipment
are key to keeping the program operating smoothly and effectively.
Research shows an effective
AED program with a three-minute "drop-to-shock"
time will save the lives of three out of four
sudden cardiac arrest victims.
The program manager must track workplace responder schedules
to ensure full shift coverage and account for vacations,
transfers, retirements, and job changes. Also, he or she
must track training records so new responders can be recruited
and trained when necessary and veteran workplace responders
can maintain their certifications. CPR, AED, first aid,
and bloodborne pathogens certifications expire in one- to
three- year intervals, depending on the course.
Equipment maintenance includes inspecting and servicing
medical supplies regularly to verify that all supplies are
present. The AED program manager should establish maintenance
and routine inspection and resupply procedures, either through
vendors or by assigning the duty to employees. Expiration
dates on all supplies and equipment must be tracked and
maintenance records kept.
There are many additional project management benefits derived
from documenting the design, implementation, and event outcomes
of an AED program. Important documentation includes:
AED and equipment locations,
training and certification expiration dates,
communications to employees on emergency notification and
medical prescriptions and medical oversight responsibilities,
AED and site-specific protocols,
maintenance logs of equipment and supplies, and
log with outcomes.
and victims are fortunate to have AEDs to save lives and "Good
Samaritan" laws to protect workplace responders from liability
in an emergency situation. However, even "Good Samaritan"
laws do not protect organizations and individuals in cases
of gross negligence. Properly documenting the planning,
implementing, and managing of an AED program will help to
ensure the organization, workplace responders, and program
manager are protected from liability; that regulatory guidelines
are met; and that lives are saved.