A good AED program management is very important to consider as AEDs, also known as automated external defibrillators, are becoming more and more common in public facilities and workplaces across the nation. AED program management has also been endorsed by several health care organizations and medical research studies, including The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and OSHA. Most States in the US also have regulations requiring some sort of AED program management.
Good AED program management implementation and maintenance
When it comes to implementing and maintaining a good AED program management, it goes far beyond the initial purchase. The purpose is not just for liability protection but also staying compliant with State and Federal requirements.
Because AEDs are considered a medical device according to the FDA, they require a physician’s prescription for purchase. As long as your AED is properly maintained you do not have to worry about adding anymore legal liability to your business while implementing an AED program.
13 percent of the workplace fatalities are due to sudden cardiac arrest. When using giving CPR and using an AED, it has been proven to increase survival rates by 3 times. For obvious reasons, employers are considering AED deployment an important aspect of their employee health and safety program according to Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
Unfortunately, there are several incident that have happened in the past where batteries in AEDs were dead during the time of a cardiac arrest. These kind of incidents among others have prompted authorities to regulate AED maintenance.
A good AED management program will link almost all participants including trainers, manufacturers, customers, distributors etc. Some of the other components which should be considered for a quality program management should include:
- An easy-to-use and high-quality AED.
- Medical direction and oversight.
- A Web based maintenance and tracking system that should be accessible by all the program participants.
- A standardized AED/CPR training and communication.
- Continual program improvement and evaluation.
- Delivering information about the location of your AED to local EMS and the health department.
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