Automatic External Defibrillator Training
Several hundred employees, including Universitiy Fire Marshals, Police Officers, Athletic coaches and trainers, and other staff have completed the training and are CPR/AED certified. AED training is now a component of all CPR and First Aid classes taught on campus. AED training is required for anyone who plans to use the AED. Recertification is recommended every two years. To schedule a training session contact your building Manager or the Fire Marshals office at 632-9678.
Unlike manual defibrillators used in hospitals and by paramedics, the AEDs that are installed throughout the campus are extremely easy to operate. The devices use clear graphical and spoken instructions. The AEDs analyze the victim's condition and, only if warranted, deliver an electric shock to the heart to reverse SCA. The devices are extremely safe with no risk of inappropriate shock given to individuals who are not in SCA or to the person operating the AED.
However, you do not need to be certified to use an AED: if you choose to assist someone you believe is in need of an AED, you will be covered under the Good Samaritan law. However, CPR certification can be very important to know when using an AED. If the AED delivers an electric shock, the device will then prompt you to administer CPR. Additionally, emergency medical personnel may not be able to arrive before the device prompts you to administer CPR.
Although training is required for a person who operates an AED as part of or incidental to his or her employment or regular duties, the lack of training shall not prohibit others from using an AED, as long as they are acting in good faith, with reasonable care, and without expectation of monetary compensation. More information about the NYS Good Samaritan law can be found in NYS Public Health Law Article 30.
For more information, please call the Fire Marshals office at (631) 632-9678, or e-mail Doug Pyne.