PUBLIC ACCESS DEFIBRILLATION
Phoenix Central School District’s facilities are used by a wide variety of residents within the geographical area of the school district. Its facilities are frequently used not only by elementary and secondary level students, but also adults. Since many adults regularly utilize Phoenix Central School District facilities, the likelihood of sudden cardiac arrest may be greater for the adults than the children in an elementary or secondary school facility. To address such a concern, and in light of the action of the Legislature of the State of New York in approving Chapter 552 of Laws of 1998 authorizing the use of automated external defibrillators (AED’s), the Phoenix Central School District hereby determines that it is appropriate, in full conformance with the obligations established by Chapter 552, to provide AED’s in appropriate locations throughout the Phoenix Central School District facilities.
To implement this policy, the District Superintendent of Schools is hereby charged with developing appropriate administrative procedures to address at least the following elements:
· The development of an appropriate collaborative agreement with a selected emergency health care provider
· The determination of the appropriate number of AEDs to be purchased and the placement and access to the units
· The determination of the appropriate number of staff who must be trained prior to the implementation of the program and insuring the appropriate training, and retraining, of staff members (at district expense) through a AED training course approved by a nationally recognized organization
· The proper maintenance and testing of all AEDs according to the applicable standards of the manufacturer and any appropriate governmental agency
· The proper reporting of AED use to the local emergency medical services system or emergency communications center or emergency vehicle dispatch center, as appropriate, and the emergency health care provider with whom the Phoenix Central School District has a collaborative agreement
· The proper notification of the Central New York Regional EMS Council of the existence, location and type of AED utilized by Phoenix Central School District
· Determine the liability impact, if any on trained staff who utilize an AED and the impact of the Good Samaritan statute on such actions
· The integration of this policy into the Phoenix Central School District-wide School Safety Plan
Education Law 207 and 917
Chapter 552 of the Laws of 1998
Chapter 61 of the Laws of 2002
Adopted: September, 2002
Phoenix Central School District
Procedures for Implementing the Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program
1. A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital will be the emergency health care provider with whom the Phoenix Central School District has entered into a collaborative agreement for medical control of the PAD program. Said agreement addresses, among other items,
a. Training standards the Phoenix Central School District must utilize,
b. Medical control protocols to be followed for the program, including notification of EMS providers; and
c. Quality control of every aspect of the PAD program, including recordkeeping of training, maintenance and inspection of AED’s and related equipment, and reports of incidents of use of AED’s.
2. A copy of such collaborative agreement, and any amendments or modifications thereto, shall be filed with the Central New York Regional EMS Council by the Phoenix Central School District.
3. Only individuals properly trained in the use of the AED will be allowed and authorized by the Phoenix Central School District to use the Districts’ owned AEDs. Training in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) will be provided through the American Heart Association, using its CPR/AED curriculum or another nationally approved training provider. Such training shall be provided at no cost to the employees designated by the Phoenix Central School District to receive such training or to any employee who volunteers to undergo such training.
4. School nurses and coaches will participate in the training program. Any other employee who volunteers, (in writing), to participate in the training program shall be permitted to. Anyone who is trained must participate in retraining at least once each year and maintain a current CPR certification.
5. AEDs will be maintained in:
· Each instructional building of the Phoenix Central School District at locations deemed appropriate by the Superintendent, the Safety Coordinator, and the District AED Committee.
· Such other locations as may be determined by the Superintendent, the Safety Coordinator, and the District AED Committee.
All staff will be notified of the presence of AEDs and that only properly trained individuals are authorized by the Phoenix Central School District to use them. District procedures to be followed in an AED emergency will be placed with the AED. The AEDs will be housed in cabinets equipped with alarms in each of the designated locations. Staff members will be informed to monitor AED cabinets for misuse.
6. Any person in charge of a school sponsored event on school property requiring that an AED be available, shall ensure that someone trained in the use of an AED is on site. If coverage cannot be scheduled, the activity must be cancelled or postponed. The Athletic Director is responsible for assuring that an AED is available at off site athletic events.
7. In the event that a trained individual utilizes an AED in an emergency situation, such individual shall ensure that the main office is alerted. 911 will be notified immediately. Staff will alert the school nurse and Superintendent.
8. The Superintendent will notify the Emergency Health Care Provider at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital within 24 hours of the AED event.
9. In conjunction with the training necessary to qualify in the use of an AED, the Phoenix Central School District shall also advise each employee who is participating in such training that “the operation of an automated external defibrillator pursuant to this section shall be considered first aid or emergency treatment for the purpose of any statute relating to liability”. [Public Health Law § 3000-a4.(a)] The statute referenced by such section is commonly referred to as the Good Samaritan statute which states:
“Any person who voluntarily and without expectation of monetary compensation renders first aid or emergency treatment at the scene of an accident or other emergency outside a hospital, doctor’s office or any other place having proper and necessary medical equipment to a person who is unconscious, ill, or injured, shall not be liable for damages for the death of such person alleged to have occurred by reason of an act or omission in rendering of such emergency treatment unless it is established that such injuries were or such death was caused by gross negligence on the part of such person.”
Additionally any employee who has been properly trained in the use of an AED and who utilizes an AED during the course of his/her employment shall be deemed “at the time of the accident or injury [to be] acting in the discharge of his duties within the scope of his employment or authorized volunteer duties and/or under the direction of the Phoenix Central School District thereby placing the employee within the scope and protection of the defense and indemnification statutes relating to claims of negligence. Thus any employee who uses an AED is not liable, except for instances of gross negligence.
Adoption date: September, 2002