|AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR POLICY|
High schools with their large populations, older students, faculty and associated extra-curricular events are the most likely location where a cardiac incident might occur. Accordingly, the use of the AEDs in the School System will be implemented as a pilot program in the high schools for the 2009-2010 school year. Necessary preparation for the pilot program will occur in the 2008-2009 school year. All junior high, middle and elementary schools will be added as they request to be AED sites. Due to activity levels, priorities will be given to the junior high and middle schools first, then elementary schools. Office sites may request to participate in the AED Program when they meet the criteria in the Superintendent’s Guidelines. Once approved to be an AED site, the school/office shall have the AED location(s) placed on its evacuation maps and in its Crisis Plan.
The Superintendent shall be responsible for establishing written procedures and guidelines that will provide a protocol for the management and administration of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program. They should only be used in responding to emergencies involving sudden cardiac arrest. More specifically the guidelines are to introduce clear directives and procedures to ensure that sufficient numbers of staff are trained to operate the AED units. This Program shall meet regulatory compliance, provide continuity and consistency across campuses in AED installation, maintenance and use and establish AED user and CPR training requirements. Medical oversight, coordination with EMS and ongoing quality improvement shall be incorporated into the Superintendent’s AED guidelines. Documentation of the AED Program’s components shall be maintained by the Superintendent or her designee.