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The University AED Program was established to meet appropriate portions of ACOEM’s Guidelines for the Use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in Workplace Setting
The ACOEM recommends placement, when practical, of AEDs in sufficient workplace locations to allow initiation of resuscitation and use of the AED (the so-called “drop to shock” interval) within 5 minutes of recognized cardiac arrest. AED units have been placed in University Police vehicles, the athletic facilities, and other approved locations.
Placement of AEDs and supplies will be considered by utilizing, in part, the following criteria:
- Departments or other functional areas that are staffed with trained and certified first responders.
- Locations considered to present a higher than normal risk for occupants to suffer sudden cardiac arrest, such as athletic facilities.
- Wherever mandated by regulatory requirements.
CSUSM is part of the San Diego Project Heartbeat Program (SDPHB). This program emphasizes training in CPR and easy access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Risk Management and Safety administers the training for CPR/First Aid and AED as well as the maintenance for the AED’s placed strategically around campus.
For an interactive map with pictures and locations of all AEDs on campus please click below:
Training in CPR and the use of an AED is preferred but not essential. Anyone can use this life saving device by following the verbal directions. Opening the case activates the unit and all you need to do is follow the specific instructions. The unit also performs a CPR prompt/reminder if appropriate for the conditions.
We have chosen Cardiac Science AED units to be consistent with the SDPHB typical recommendations. They are contained in a large white, wall-mounted case, topped with a red alarm light at the main entrance levels of our Campus buildings
Ensure EMS has been called (UPD 760-750-4567 or 911 from a campus phone) then after removing the unit from its case and opening the lid, the following is a synopsis of the AED prompts;
- Remove electrodes (pads) package.
- Place one pad on bare chest (chest must be free from all obstructions and dry)
- Place second pad as shown on diagram (each pad has a picture and are biphasic – so it doesn’t matter which pad goes on first or in which order, just that one is high left the other low right – in relation to the rescuer).
- Listen to the AED – do not touch the victim – it interferes with the machine’s diagnostics
- Follow the prompt
- Listen to the AED
- Follow the prompt
Risk Management and Safety offers a limited number of CPR/AED & First Aid training for students, faculty and staff. If you are interested in this training refer to our training web page or contact us at x4502
For more information contact Bruce Bradley, the University AED Program Administrator.
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