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    Title:

    Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Policy

    Publication date:

    5/3/2022

    Effective date:

    8/28/2015

    BRIEF

    Policy Summary

    This policy describes the requirements for the acquisition, deployment, and ongoing management of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The policy and program apply to both on-site and off-site Laboratory locations.

    Who Should Read This Policy

    • Division personnel with responsibility for AED acquisition and placement
    • Employees, trained in CPR/AED use or not, who may provide assistance in an emergency situation
    • Health Services, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), and Security and Emergency Services (SES) personnel who are involved in the execution of the AED program

    To Read the Full Policy, Go To:

    The POLICY tab on this wiki page

    Contact Information

    Health Services
    (510) 486-6266

    Title:

    Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Policy

    Publication date:

    5/3/2022

    Effective date:

    8/28/2015

    POLICY

    A. Purpose

    This policy describes the requirements for acquisition, deployment, and ongoing management of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The policy and program apply to both on-site and off-site laboratory locations.

    B. Persons Affected

    This policy applies to:

    • Division personnel who are responsible for AED acquisition and placement.
    • Employees, trained in CPR/AED use or not, who may provide assistance in an emergency situation.
    • Health Services, EHS, and SES personnel who are involved in the execution of the AED program.

    C. Exceptions

    Not applicable.

    D. Policy Statement

    It is the policy of Berkeley Lab to maintain a safe workplace. The Health Services Group, in conjunction with Security and Emergency Services (SES), has developed this policy and implementation plan for the consistent and uniform deployment and ongoing management of an AED program at Berkeley Lab. This policy and implementing procedure apply to both on-site and off-site Laboratory locations, regardless of county location, for the treatment of victims eight years of age and older.
    An AED is used to treat victims who experience sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). It is only to be applied to victims who are unconscious, without signs of circulation and normal breathing. The AED will analyze the heart rhythm and advise the operator if a shockable rhythm is detected. If a shockable rhythm is detected, the AED will charge to the appropriate energy level and advise the operator to deliver a shock.

    AED purchases (and related items that may require periodic replacement) are coordinated by Health Services at the request of the division because AEDs are a standardized and controlled procurement item. The requesting division is responsible for coordinating the location of the AED with the building manager and an SES representative to ensure compliance with state and local Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access guidelines and for uniformity of setup.  Divisions are also responsible for the work order to install the AED storage box, posting instructions on how to use the AED in its location, and reporting final placement information to the program manager. A master list of AED locations is maintained by SES; this list is utilized to perform the required maintenance checks and for required reporting to the county. The program manager is responsible for ensuring that all of the requirements of the California Health and Safety Code are met as a part of a required annual review process.

    Any AED use must be promptly reported to Health Services, which is responsible for organizing the post-event review and debriefing.  

    E. Roles and Responsibilities

    Managers, supervisors, and employees have the responsibility to adhere to the provisions of this policy.

    Role

    Responsibility

    Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Division

    • Coordinates AED equipment purchase.
    • Funds AED equipment replacement.
    •  Maintains training materials for interested employees.
    • Maintains training records for those who have received CPR/AED use training through the Lab.

    Medical Director

    • Reviews AED use events.

    Security and Emergency Services

    • Responsible for AED inventory control.
    • Performs maintenance checks and testing as required by the manufacturer.
    • Maintains records of all checks for reporting to the Program Manager.

    Divisions/departments

    • Coordinate the location of the AED with the building manager and SES.
    • Submit the work order to install the AED storage box.
    • Post the required instructions of how to use the AED.
    • Communicate final placement information to the AED program manager for reporting.

    Employees

    • Be aware of where AEDs are located in your immediate work area.
    • If interested, watch the training video that is offered for CPR/AED.
    • If interested, complete voluntary AED training.

    AED Program Manager

    • Collects data for reports to local emergency medical services (EMS) agencies.
    • Reviews the AED Program annually.
    • Partners with Strategic Communications to annually notify all Berkeley Lab employees of AED locations and training availability.

    F. Definitions/Acronyms

    Term

    Definition

    Automated external defibrillator (AED)

    A device designed and programmed to analyze a life-threatening heart rhythm in an unresponsive, unconscious victim, and to provide electrical stimulation to the chest as needed in an effort to restore normal rhythm and circulation

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

    A method for providing rescue breathing and external cardiac (heart) compressions to an unresponsive, pulseless victim

    Heart rhythm

    The response of the heart to electrical stimulation, either by the heart muscle itself or in response to external stimulation by an automated external defibrillator (AED)

    Shockable rhythm

    The subset of heart rhythms that will potentially respond to external electricity provided by the automated external defibrillator (AED)

    Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)

    The abrupt loss of heart function, breathing, and consciousness. The event usually results from a problem with the heart's electrical system, which disrupts the heart's pumping action and stops blood flow to the body.

    G. Recordkeeping Requirements

    See Section E, “Roles and Responsibilities,” for more information about the following recordkeeping requirements:

    • Operational status checks and testing records
    • Report of CPR or AED use
    • Additional event documentation for any use of the AED

    H. Implementing Documents

    Document number

    Title

    Type

    07.05.004.001

    Automated External Defibrillator Program

    Program


     AED training video

    Video




    I. Contact Information

    Health Services
    (510) 486-6266

    J. Revision History

    Date

    Revision

    By Whom

    Revision Description

    Section(s) Affected

    Change Type

    8/28/2015

    0

    S. Broadway

    New policy

    all

    Major

    5/3/2022

    1

    T. Durrani

    Periodic review

    all

    Major

    Implementing Documents


    DOCUMENT INFORMATION

    Title:

    Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Policy

    Document number

    07.05.004.000

    Revision number

    1

    Publication date:

    5/3/2022

    Effective date:

    8/28/2015

    Next review date:

    5/3/2027

    Policy Area:

    Health Services Programs

    RPM Section (home)

    Environment, Safety and Health

    RPM Section (cross-reference)

    None

    Functional Division

    EHS

    Prior reference information (optional)

    None

    Source Requirements Documents

    None

    Other Driving Requirements

    • California Health and Safety Code, Division 2.5, Chapter 1: Emergency Medical Services System and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Care Personnel Act (1797.5).
    • California Health and Safety Code, Division 2.5, Chapter 3, Article 5: AEDs (1797.196) Amended 2016..
    • Alameda and Contra Costa County Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Policies.

    Implementing Documents

    Document number

    Title

    Type

    07.05.004.001

    Automated External Defibrillator Program

    Program


     







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