When most people think of first responders in a crisis, they think of firefighters and paramedics. However, did you know that schools have their own first responders? School staff members are often the first on the scene in an emergency, and it’s important that they are prepared. One of the most important pieces of emergency equipment for schools is an AED.
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator, these devices that can deliver an electric shock to the heart in order to restart it. AEDs are often used in cases of cardiac arrest, when the heart has stopped beating. An AED can be used by anyone, and it’s important that all school staff know how to use one. An AED works best when used within 3 minutes of cardiac arrest.
Is it Ready?
Make sure you are checking the battery and pads on a monthly basis. You should also have a fast response kit stored with the AED that contains a razor, scissors, and CPR mask. Download our free checklist to help keep up with your AED maintenance.
Can You Find It?
AEDs should be stored in centralized locations where they are easily accessible and obvious. Since you only have minutes to act, you don’t want to waste time running to the other side of the building or searching for the unit. Every minute that goes by without using an AED, the chance of recovery goes down 7-10 percent. The location of these devices is often marked on your fire escape map that should be posted in every room. If you do not see it on your map, make sure to add its location to the map.
Are You Ready?
All School staff should be trained on the use of the AED. Georgia and South Carolina laws require all “expected users” to have nationally accredited certification if there is an AED on-site. While anyone can use an AED, whether they are certified or not, if they are expected to use it as part of their job, they should be certified. Watch how to use an AED here.
We offer nationally accredited CPR, First Aid, and AED courses for schools across Georgia and South Carolina. Request an AED class here, sign up for an at your own pace class here, or learn more about our AED classes here.