Yes! You absolutely should notify your local EMS about your organization’s AED placement.
Why is it important to let your local first responders know you have an AED?
Reason #1: Many states require AED notification
Not only is it a good practice to inform your local emergency medical services (EMS) about an AED, but many states require EMS notification. Make sure that all your liability ducks are in a row by informing your local EMS!
Reason #2: Stay in compliance by notifying EMS of your AED placement
Some compliance management systems require EMS AED placement notification. Better safe than sorry!
Reason #3: Notification supports your community
The act of notifying first responders about your AED placement gives them information about the precise location of all the AEDs in the community, including yours. In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest emergency, the 911 dispatcher will know if an AED is on the premises and will be able to notify the EMS system and responders on the scene.
Reason #4: It provides useful information to people who can help
Not only will dispatchers be able to direct bystanders (AKA potential rescuers) and first responders of the location of your AED, but they’ll know the precise make and model and may be able to offer instructions based on this informations to those who don’t hold a CPR and AED certification.
Sample EMS AED Notification Letter
Here’s an example of an AED notification letter that you can use to let your EMS know that you’re committed to saving lives within your community:
TO: All EMS Agencies (Fire, Medical, Police)
RE: EMS Notification of Automated External Defibrillator Placement
This memo serves as a formal notification of automatic external defibrillator (AED) placement on the premises of:
Precise Location(s): [For example: Main entry, northwest wall, alarmed AED wall cabinet, next to the reception desk]
Device Type: [For example: Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR2]
Adult Pads: Yes
Pediatric Pads: [yes/no]
Training Conducted: [American Red Cross or American Heart Association]
Number of staff members who are AED/CPR certified: [Number]
Medical Direction: [Name] [Contact information]
Emergency Action Plan Coordinator: [Name] [Contact information]
AED Coordinator: [Name] [Contact information]
Please note: this template is provided to give you an idea of what an EMS notification should look like. You’ll want to check with your state’s public health department or local EMS to determine your state’s specific notification requirements. To learn more about AED Legislation and your local requirements, use our handy interactive map!
To learn more about First Aid and CPR Certification and AED training, AED legislation, or AED Placement, contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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