The most effective way to let your employees know about the AED or AEDs on-site is to provide them with AED/CPR training. During this training, they will learn how to perform effective CPR, what an AED is, and how to operate it. Providing AED/CPR training to your employees will also give them the confidence they need to remain calm under pressure and be able to provide the best care possible to a victim suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.
Along with training, an important part of any AED program is letting your employees know what to do during an emergency. It is critical to let your employees know the emergency plan and what their roles are so the situation can be handled quickly and effectively.
An easy way to make sure your employees are familiar with the AED is having infographics near the AED, and in common areas, that explain what an AED is, how to use it, and an overview of your response plan.
Issue a Communication It goes without saying that unless you tell your employees about the new AED on-site, they won’t know! We recommend issuing a number of communications out to the team through your usual communication channels—whether that’s through a company-wide email, internal newsletter, Slack thread, or town hall meeting.
In 2000, the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of 2000 was put into federal law. It required a person who acquires an AED to notify local emergency response personnel of the device's placement. This Act does not warrant a criminal offense if the AED location is not provided to EMS. However, the law states that by failing to notify the local EMS about the AED, you would not be entitled to immunity protection.
(a) GOOD SAMARITAN PROTECTIONS REGARDING AEDS.—Except as provided in subsection (b), any person who uses or attempts to use an automated external defibrillator device on a victim of a perceived medical emergency is immune from civil liability for any harm resulting from the use or attempted use of such device; and in addition, any person who acquired the device is immune from such liability, if the harm was not due to the failure of such acquirer of the device—
(1) to notify local emergency response personnel or other appropriate entities of the most recent placement of the device within a reasonable period of time after the device was placed;
Each state has different requirements when it comes to notifying EMS and others about the AED. To see the rules that pertain to your state, click here.
Local and state authorities need to know where anAEDis so they can create a map of all the AEDs in a local community.