The University of Georgia (UGA) is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all faculty, staff, students, parents, and visitors to the University. To that end, the objective of the UGA Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program is to establish a campus-wide oversight committee and to develop appropriate guidelines to ensure consistency in purchasing, placement, training, maintenance, and departmental oversight of AEDs on UGA properties.
Use of AEDs will be in compliance with the responsibilities and procedures outlined in this program and consistent with guidelines outlined by the State of Georgia. This program applies to individuals trained on the proper use of AEDs; departments with AED units currently in place; and departments that are considering, or in the process of purchasing, AED units. These guidelines do not apply to AEDs purchased by the UGA Athletic Association (UGAA) that are intended to be portable and utilized by Athletic staff at athletic venues for student athlete use, however; fixed AEDs in wall-mounted boxes positioned in UGAA facilities are included in this program. In addition, the program guidelines are not intended to cover individuals who utilize AEDs without training.
AED Oversight Committee
The AED Oversight Committee will consist of representatives from the following departments or agencies: University Health Center; Office of Emergency Preparedness; UGA Police Department; UGA Risk Management Office; UGA Athletics; Environmental Safety Division; Recreational Sports Department; Facilities Management Division and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider for Athens-Clarke County. The UGA AED Oversight Committee will meet on an annual basis or more frequently if AED program updates or incidents of AED use require additional meetings. The AED Oversight Committee is responsible for the following:
Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP)
OEP is responsible for campus AED program oversight and record keeping associated with the University of Georgia’s AED program. Specific responsibilities include:
Responsibilities of the AED Site Coordinator
The AED Site Coordinator is responsible for implementing the AED program within their department or unit and serves as the primary contact for the AED(s) in their work area. The AED Site Coordinator is responsible for the performing the following duties:
A department or unit interested in obtaining an AED for their building or area should contact OEP by calling (706) 542-5845 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit their request. OEP will coordinate with the requesting department to provide the department with an overview of the UGA AED program guidelines, discuss potential building locations for the AED, explain future costs associated with sustaining the AED unit, provide consultation to the department in their selection of a departmental AED Coordinator, and discuss training of departmental staff who volunteer to receive AED training.
Requesting departments are financially responsible for the AED equipment purchase, alarmed storage box, signage, medical oversight, installation, and any maintenance according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. In addition, requesting departments must agree to comply with the required monthly AED status and equipment checks and to purchase the AED package from the preferred UGA vendor through the UGAMart purchasing system. Each AED package should include an AED unit, a wall-mounted storage cabinet, a spare defibrillation pad, a prep and response kit, an AED wall sign inclusion in the AED tracking and monitoring program, medical oversight, and a prescription.
Portable AED Option
In special circumstances, some departments or campus units may require an AED housed in a hardened case for portability. This option is utilized by the campus pools, UGA Police Department for units in their patrol vehicles, high containment labs and for Rec Sports for use in their Club Sports AED check out program. All portable AED option requests must be approved by OEP.
UGA departments who have purchased an AED prior to the implementation of the UGA AED Program Guidelines should provide OEP with the location of their department’s AED(s), the brand name, model, serial number, and the name of the AED Coordinator. This information will allow OEP to include all AEDs in a campus-wide inventory, provide local EMS and UGA Police Communications with the AED location(s), and allow the department in possession of the AED to participate in the AED management program. Additionally, it is important that OEP monitor each campus AED, in accordance with Georgia law, to ensure that each AED has appropriate and current medical oversight and a prescription.
For UGA departments who already have an existing AED and wish to purchase a replacement AED, a trade-in program is offered by the preferred UGA AED vendor. It should be noted that older AED units may not be eligible for trade-in based on their age, condition, and frequency of recall notices on the unit. The preferred vendor will work with department to obtain a fair trade-in value based on the existing AED units being in good condition (no visible or functional defects). The total value of the trade-in(s) will be applied against an equivalent value in first aid and/or safety supplies delivered within 30 days of the installation of the AED(s). Furthermore, if a trade-in is initiated then the preferred vendor will take possession of the AED(s) upon installation of the new device(s). A receipt for the AED(s) will be provided by the preferred vendor to a representative from the department for each trade-in device. This receipt should be signed by a UGA departmental representative and by a representative from the preferred vendor. A copy of the receipt should be maintained by the UGA department initiating the trade-in process.
Departments who have an AED(s) which is being replaced but are not eligible for the trade-in process should contact OEP for instructions on the appropriate disposal procedures of the AED unit(s).
Memorandum of Understanding
OEP strives to support University departments and units with homeland security and emergency planning technical assistance, training, and equipment. On very rare occasions when OEP funding is available to assist a UGA department who exhibits a strong need and priority for the purchase and installation of an AED unit, OEP will provide the initial funding to purchase the AED unit and associated equipment contingent upon the requesting department’s participation in an agreement to provide for the sustainment of the AED.
The purpose of the memorandum of understanding, signed between OEP and the requesting department, is to provide a clear understanding of OEP’s intentions to provide the requesting department with an AED unit and to highlight the requesting department’s responsibilities and future costs associated with the operation, training, and maintenance associated with AED ownership. The agreement begins when the AED unit and cabinet are installed and will extend as long as the AED is in service with the requesting department. If at any time administrators associated with the requesting department determine that the department can no longer support the operation of the AED, the AED will be returned to OEP for reassignment or appropriate disposal.
The department or unit purchasing the AED will coordinate with OEP and the UGA AED vendor to identify the most appropriate location in the requestor’s building for proper placement. The following placement guidelines should be considered:
All AEDs must be stored in a wall mounted storage box consistent with the manufacturer’s guidelines. Each cabinet should have a local alarm (not connected to 911 or the EMS Dispatch Center) whereby an alarm sounds when the box is opened. In addition, the AED user manual, any inspection, and maintenance forms and the AED emergency supply equipment must be stored in the AED wall-mounted box with the AED unit. Emergency supply equipment for each AED should include spare electrode pads, nitrile gloves, CPR barrier mask, scissors to assist in exposing the chest, and a disposable razor.
The AED Site Coordinator is responsible for monthly inspection checks of each AED unit under their purview. Monthly inspection checks should include a visual check of the unit and the wall-mounted box, a check of the AED status indicator light to ensure it is “green,” and an inventory of the emergency kit equipment maintained in the AED cabinet. Batteries for the AED storage box alarm should be checked for functionality and replaced as needed. AED Site Coordinators should coordinate with OEP staff and/or the AED vendor in order to be set up on the AED online management system, which will automatically remind AED Site Coordinators to check their AED units on a monthly basis, send reminders to replace electrode pads and batteries, provide reminders of staff CPR and AED certification expirations, and notify the AED Site Coordinator of any software updates and recalls.
The AED Site Coordinator should immediately contact the AED vendor if the AED is damaged, missing, or if the status light is “red.” AED Site Coordinators are responsible for maintaining batteries, spare pads, and emergency supply equipment for each AED unit. OEP staff should be notified if the AED Site Coordinator is unable to successfully contact the AED vendor service representative or if there are potential warranty issues associated with their AED unit.
It should be noted that in most situations when the status light on the AED displays a red light, the 9-volt status battery should be replaced. A brief training video highlighting this battery changing procedure is available on the OEP website at www.prepare.uga.edu in the AED Coordinator Training Module.
Bleeding Control Kits:
Bleeding control kits are included in each AED cabinet on campus. AED cabinets that contain a bleeding control kit will be marked on the outside of the cabinet with a sticker indicating that a “Stop the Bleed” kit is located inside the cabinet. Each kit contains a CAT tourniquet, a 6” emergency trauma dressing, gauze, 2 pairs of nitrile gloves, and a pair of trauma shears.
The bleeding control kits are not intended to be a substitute for traditional first aid kits and should only be utilized in emergency situations where bleeding cannot be stopped on an individual and first responders are not immediately available. For more information on UGA’s bleeding control kit program, log on to www.prepare.uga.edu.
The AED Site Coordinator is responsible for the routine inspection and maintenance of each AED according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. The AED Site Coordinator is responsible for replacing the battery pack and electrode pads prior to their expiration dates through the AED vendor. OEP personnel will conduct a yearly inspection of each AED on campus (UGAA portable units are not included) for exterior cracks or damage, examination of all batteries, pads, cables, and connectors, and conduct a check to confirm any problems that may have been detected by the AED unit’s self-diagnostic test.
CPR/AED training will be available throughout the year on a voluntary basis through classes offered by the University Health Center (http://www.uhs.uga.edu/), the UGA Recreational Sports Department (http://www.recsports.uga.edu/) and through OEP (www.prepare.uga.edu). Program participants who need training should check the websites listed above for CPR/AED training dates or contact OEP to inquire about future training dates.
Departmental representatives who volunteer to participate as a trained AED responder must complete and maintain a certificate in CPR/AED training that meets or exceeds the standards associated with the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Red Cross (ARC) or the National Safety Council. CPR and AED training is voluntary unless it is a part of a written job description. Voluntary training will not impose required response or civil liability on behalf of the volunteer unless action is willful or wanton misconduct (Georgia Senate Bill 51).
The AED Site Coordinator is responsible for identifying several building staff members who volunteer to complete CPR/AED certification training. Once a staff member completes the course, the AED Site Coordinator should enter the certified staff member’s information into the UGA LifeREADY AED management system. The system will send the AED Coordinator automatic e-mail reminders when each individual needs to participate in CPR/AED recertification training. In addition, the AED Site Coordinator should maintain a hard copy of each participating staff member’s CPR/AED training certificate.
AED Site Coordinator Training
New AED Site Coordinators should utilize the AED Training Module to better understand their roles and responsibilities associated with the AED program. The AED Training Module provides detailed information on roles/responsibilities, maintenance issues, ordering replacement parts, post-incident reporting and other helpful information and resources. The AED Training Module may be found at http://www.prepare.uga.edu/guidelines/aed-training-module/.
AED Post-Incident Reporting:
Following the use or attempted use of an AED unit, the AED Site Coordinator should immediately complete the AED Post Incident Report Form (www.prepare.uga.edu/AEDReportForm) and forward the form to OEP. Also, the AED Coordiantor should log on to the LifeREADY system and record a use of the AED. In most circumstances, the AED vendor will send you a replacement AED (once you report the use on the LifeREADY system) and request you’re your send the used unit back to the vendor. Equipment contained in the emergency supply kit stored in the AED storage box should be discarded if used and replenished. A thorough inspection of the unit, decontamination of the unit, and replacement of the used electrodes in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines should occur prior to placing the AED unit back into service. Be sure to treat the used and contaminated equipment that is intended to be discarded as medical waste and follow appropriate protocols.
It is important to note that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel or physicians who treat the victim may want to retrieve data stored on the AED unit. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines in retrieving the information and/or provide the unit to EMS or medical personnel, as requested. Immediately notify OEP if an AED has been removed from a site for this purpose.
AED maintenance and training records will be maintained in the following manner:
AED Building Response Procedures
The nearest witness to the medical event should call 911 or (706) 542-2200 to notify EMS of the problem. Building emergency medical response procedures should be initiated.
The nearest building AED user or other first responders with active CPR/AED certification cards should be notified and the closest AED unit should be retrieved by an individual other than the person(s) performing CPR on the patient. It is important to note that the AED may be used by any person, trained or untrained in its use, who in good faith renders emergency care to the victim according to Georgia’s Good Samaritan law.
Designate a witness or nearby individual familiar with the building or location to meet the responding EMS unit outside the building on the street in order to facilitate the most direct route to the patient.
Follow the instructions of arriving EMS personnel and assist them per their directions.
AED Unit Locations
OEP maintains an updated listing of all the AEDs located in buildings on the UGA campus in Athens. The locations may be found at www.prepare.uga.edu.
Also, AED units are entered in to the UGA emergency response database, maintained by the UGA Facilities Management Division. This database is available for access by the UGA Police Department, the Athens-Clarke County Fire Department, UGA Fire Safety Office and UGA OEP to help first responders identify building floor plans, safety equipment and fire-related equipment in campus buildings.
Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a small, portable device that analyzes the heart's rhythm for any abnormalities and, if necessary, directs the rescuer to deliver an electrical shock to the heart of someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. This shock, called defibrillation, may help the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.
Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
Service providing out-of-hospitalacute care and transport to definitive care, to patients with illnesses and injuries which the patient believes constitutes a medical emergency.
Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP)
The Office of Emergency Preparedness is responsible for homeland security initiatives and coordination of emergency management activities at UGA.
The University of Georgia (UGA) is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all faculty, staff, students, parents and visitors to the University. To that end, the objective of the UGA Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program is to establish a campus-wide oversight committee and to develop appropriate guidelines to ensure consistency in purchasing, placement, training, maintenance and departmental oversight of AEDs on UGA properties.
The UGA AED Program provides for standardization of AED units on campus, including purchasing, maintenance, testing, training and recordkeeping in order ensure consistency of use and a centralized database for record keeping.
The AED Oversight Committee will consist of representatives from the following departments or agencies: University Health Center; Office of Emergency Preparedness; UGA Police Department; UGA Risk Management Office; UGA Athletics; Environmental Safety Division; Recreational Sports Department; Facilities Management Division and the EMS provider for Athens-Clarke County. The UGA AED Oversight Committee will meet on an annual basis or more frequently if AED program guideline updates or incidents of AED use require additional meetings.
OEP is responsible for campus AED program oversight and record keeping associated with the University of Georgia’s AED program.
The AED Site Coordinator is responsible for implementing the AED program within their department or unit and serves as the primary contact for the AED(s) in their work area.
The requesting department is responsible for all AED costs. The requesting department will coordinate with OEP on the UGA AED Program Guidelines. Then OEP will direct the department to UGAmart to purchase their AED unit, cabinet, medical oversight, and other required supplies.
The preferred AED package will be listed in the UGA MART Procurement program for the purchasing departments to access and order.
Yes, OEP will ask if the AED Site Coordinator has obtained approval from the appropriate supervisor/dean/director as part of the request. OEP may contact the AED requestor’s supervisor to confirm the AED request.
AED Program guidelines can be found on OEP’s Website at http://www.prepare.uga.edu/ in the AED section.
Contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness at (706) 542-7578 or email: email@example.com for more information about the UGA AED Program.