AED Program Management

Most states, including South Carolina, require a written deployment and maintenance plan for owners of automated external defibrillators to include schools, churches, industry and public safety organizations. Documentation and record keeping of unit expiration dates are integral parts of this requirement. E-Med’s program services below are available standalone or as part of E-Med Training’s complete AED Program Management Package.

AED Program Management
• Written Emergency Response Plans
• Medical Prescription and Oversight
• EMS Notification
• Quality Assurance
• Site Assessments
• Data Management
• AED Device Maintenance Tracking
• CPR & AED Training Certification
• AED Software Updates

The 2011 study on defibrillator failures, “Analysis of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Device Failures Reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” click here provides an opportunity to recognize the serious need for strong medical oversight of AED programs and well-planned and executed maintenance plans.

 

• Though AED failures are infrequent, nearly half of all reported device failures occurred during the attempt to deliver a recommended shock, and a significant portion of these failures are unanticipated device shutdowns.
• Only 1.5% of adverse AED event reports included records of a maintenance program or schedule.
• Most adverse “AED related events” are not true failures and can be prevented through planning and implementation of effective maintenance programs developed under strong medical direction.
• AEDs save lives—as long as they are kept in working order and used promptly in cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
The key to Preventing AED Failures is to have a fully implemented Maintenance and Inspection Plan!

Written Compliance:
E-Med provides written AED plans to include AED protocol guidelines, AED deployment strategies, and an AED equipment maintenance and inspection plan. Most State AED laws require that plans outline certifying, not just training, anticipated users and AED responders in CPR and AED use. As long as AED units are maintained according to manufacturer recommendations, most entities that purchase AEDs are protected from legal liability.


Medical Oversight:

The FDA requires physician oversight for most AED purchases and some states require a Healthcare Professional to serve as an AED Liaison to perform defibrillator event reviews after each use. We will also notify your local EMS agency as required by law.


Quality Assurance:

OSHA’s Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program states that “Instructor-led retraining for life-threatening emergencies should occur at least annually. Retraining for non-life threatening should occur periodically.” It also states that “Unique conditions at a specific worksite may necessitate the addition of customized elements to a first aid program.” E-med has extensive response expertise to analyze site hazards and develop effective response protocols. We also will evaluate and critique existing programs by holding mock medical drills and improve response performance.


Site Assessment:

Determine the exact number and placement of your defibrillators to ensure compliance with OSHA’s recommended three to five minute “Drop-to-shock” AED response guidelines. E-Med also assesses specific site hazards and response impediments.


Data Management / Tracking and Record Keeping:

Several States require documentation of inspections and maintenance. E-Med tracks the device serial number, model, location, and dates of every AED. Along with AED pads and battery expirations, we can include the tracking of your personnel’s CPR & AED training certifications. With E-Med’s web-based AED tracking and Data Management Program, it has never been easier to ensure State Law and OSHA recommended compliance and you are assured expiration dates never catch your organization off guard again.


CPR & AED Certification:

South Carolina requires owners of automated external defibrillators to CERTIFY anticipated users of the unit with CPR and AED use; not just provide ‘training.’ E-Med’s training meets South Carolina’s AED training requirement by using the National Safety Council’s Emergency Care curriculum and provides a TWO year CPR & AED certification card, saving your organization time and money.


AED Software Updates: Periodically after new CPR guidelines are issued, AED manufacturers release software updates for their units, that are relatively inexpensive. Delaying these updates can be quite costly once the initial update period expires. E-Med can assist with most AED unit software updates as part of our management plan.


For more information on AED Failures:
“Analysis of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Device Failures Reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)” click here