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Sec. 903-31: Guidelines for the Public Access Automatic External Defibrillation Program

Responsible Office: Environmental Health & Safety
Revised: May 2011

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A. Purpose

The University of California, Irvine is committed to the health and welfare of all members of the campus community including visitors. To improve survival rates from out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest, lay rescuer Automated External Defibrillator (AED) programs are recommended by the American Heart Association. The State of California requires all health studios and heath clubs to have an AED program in place and, therefore, Bren Events Center, Anteater Recreation Center, and the Crawford Hall Athletics facility are required to maintain AEDs and train staff in their use. Emergency medical services are provided to the UC Irvine campus by the Orange County Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA).

All units on the UC Irvine campus that maintain AED(s) must adhere to these Guidelines.

B. Definitions

  1. Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  2. AEDs provide an electrical stimulus to the chest of an unconscious person who is experiencing ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation without a pulse for the purpose of conversion to a normal heart rhythm.

  3. Authorized Individual

  4. Authorized Individuals are those personnel who have met the training standards of both Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use from trainers certified through the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross, per California Code of Regulations, Title 22.

C. Campus Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) coordinates the Campus AED Program and assists departments in obtaining AED equipment and arranging CPR/AED training.

Prior to obtaining AED units and accessories, a department must provide EH&S with an AED Training Report listing those persons with completed CPR/AED training. This Report must be updated at the beginning of each calendar year and submitted to EH&S for tracking purposes. Departments determine the appropriate number of Authorized Individuals to cover their needs.

Automated External Defibrillator Instructions must be posted near each AED with public access.

D. Responsibilities

  1. AED Program Coordinator in EH&S

  2. EH&S assigns responsibility for oversight of the Campus AED Program oversight to a Program Coordinator who will:

  3. AED Department Designate

  4. Each department must designate an individual who will be responsible for:

E. Emergency Response

In a medical emergency involving an unconscious person who has no signs of circulation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should be initiated immediately by whoever comes upon the victim after activating the emergency medical system by calling 9-1-1. CPR consists of artificial respiration, manual external cardiac massage, and maneuvers for relief of foreign body airway obstruction.

Any person who renders emergency care should immediately:

"Any person who, in good faith and not for compensation, renders emergency care or treatment by the use of an AED at the scene of an emergency is not liable for any civil damages resulting from any acts or omissions in rendering the emergency care." California Civil Code, Section 1714.21.

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