What is the UF policy on AEDs?

Published: March 13th, 2013

Category: BEC News

Automated external defibrillators, the devices used to immediately aid victims of cardiac arrest, are becoming a common site as technology improves and prices lower. The University has an AED policy and Todd Morrone, UF Environmental Health & Safety, offers the tips below for areas considering the purchase of an AED and for areas currently with an AED.

If your area is considering the purchase of an AED, follow these steps.

  1. Contact Todd Morrone, UF Environmental Health & Safety, to discuss AED needs and deployment in your specific area. (352-392-1591 or tmorrone@ehs.ufl.edu)
  2. Initiate the request by submitting the AED form with building location and contact information and email to
    Student Health Care Center Director, Dr. Phillip Barkley, and
    EH&S Director, Dr. William Properzio, along with a copy to
    Todd Morrone.
  3. Use category code “42172101” when purchasing the device.
  4. Once AED unit arrives, complete the AED form from Step 2 and submit it to EH&S Director, Dr. William Properzio, and Todd Morrone. This will register the device with the EH&S.
  5. Establish and maintain a departmental quality assurance program as defined on the registration form.
    Note: UF requires the designation of a responsible contact person(s), who is/are responsible for the registration, the quality assurance program, and obtaining the appropriate training**.
  6. Submit any future AED changes on the AED form in Step 2 to EH&S Director, Dr. William Properzio, and Todd Morrone.

If your area currently has an AED:

  • Ensure device is registered with UF (http://www.ehs.ufl.edu/programs/hazard_ergo/aed_locations/).
    If not registered, contact Todd Morrone, UF Environmental Health & Safety (352-392-1591 or tmorrone@ehs.ufl.edu).
  • Continue quality assurance program.
    At a minimum the program should include
    1) monthly device/date inventory check,
    2) twice per year notification to department employees in the building regarding AED availability and
    3) training** for responsible contacts every two years.

**Appropriate training includes CPR/AED Certification which usually requires renewal every 2 years.

 If the AED in your area is used during a response:

  • Secure AED device (do not remove the battery).
  • Contact Todd Morrone, UF Environmental Health & Safety, (352-392-1591 or tmorrone@ehs.ufl.edu).
    The unit might need to be temporarily removed from service.
  • Follow AED manufacturer’s steps to return device to use.

For additional information or questions regarding AEDs, please contact Todd Morrone at 352-392-1591 or tmorrone@ehs.ufl.edu. AED procedures are outlined on the EH&S AED web page.

Thanks,
-Kenneth

Kenneth Allen | Emergency Manager
University of Florida | Environmental Health & Safety
352-392-1591|kallen@ehs.ufl.edu
www.ehs.ufl.edu/programs/em/

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