AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) PROGRAM
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a relatively rare, unpredictable but potentially fatal event. The purpose of the Texas Tech University Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program is to enhance the safety of employees, students and visitors on the Texas Tech University campus by providing equipment and training to save the lives of persons experiencing heart attack, cardiac arrest, and stroke. The purpose of this document is to provide an easy-to-follow procedure for Department implementation, monitoring, and maintaining their AED program.
Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) - Will be responsible for procuring and recommending placement for each AED as well as supervising the maintenance and inspection program for all campus AEDs.
Building Manager - Individual(s) who will be responsible for coordinating the building's AED program and inspecting the AED monthly. Additionally, the Building Manger will be the point of contact for building AED maintenance and EH&S. Building Managers will be assigned by the managing department of by Building Maintenance & Construction.
Medical Director - A physician who is appointed by Texas Tech University and is responsible for medically directing the Texas Tech University AED program. The Medical Director or designee has responsibility for any clinical matter pertaining to the AED program for Texas Tech University.
Emergency Medical Service (EMS) - A community responder agency that provides medical assistance and/or ambulance transport and responds to emergency events.
INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE:
EH&S will procure and provide the AED to the requesting department if it is deemed necessary and appropriately located. Members of the Building Maintenance and Construction will coordinate with EH&S to install the AED, cabinet and signage.
AED devices will be maintained in accordance according to the TTU AED Program and manufacturers guidelines.
Removal or Relocation of and AED must be justified in writing to EH&S.
AED maintenance and inspection will be performed as prescribed by the manufacturer. The Building Manager will perform this inspection and submit the results in writing to EH&S. Currently, EH&S uses the PlusTrac online database Plustrac to document the inspections. The inspection procedures are described in the video, AED_Procedures:
If it appears that the AED device is not fully operational, the Building Manager will contact EH&S immediately, but no later than the next business day. The device should not be tampered with or removed from the wall box (unless there is an emergency).
If the device is used in an emergency the Building Manager will contact EH&S to have pads and batteries replaced.
The below video provides instructions on how to use AED Plus.