Policies and Procedures Handbook

Last Updated: 4/8/2005
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550


Administrative Procedure

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is used to treat persons who experience sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).  It is only to be applied to individuals who are unconscious, not breathing normally and showing no signs of circulation.  The AED will analyze the heart rhythm and advise the operator if a shockable rhythm is detected, the AED will charge to the appropriate energy level and advise the operator to deliver a shock.

The Garrett County Public Schools, through a joint effort with the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services (MIEMMS), the Garrett County Health Department, and the American Red Cross, shall follow the procedure for how to manage Sudden Cardiac Arrest in students and adults who work at and/or routinely visit the high schools during the school day and school-sponsored evening/weekend programs.

The AED and First Aid Emergency Care Kit will be brought to all medical emergencies. The AED should be used on any person, eight years of age or older, who displays ALL of the symptoms of cardiac arrest. The AED Unit will be placed on the individual only after the following symptoms are confirmed: the person is unconscious, is not breathing, and has no pulse and/or shows no signs of circulation such as normal breathing, coughing, or movement.

The schools Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), as identified by the building principal/designee, must complete training adequate to provide basic first aid, CPR, and AED. The training will be provided by the Garrett County Public Schools in a course approved by the State Department of Health as needed to maintain the appropriate certification for the members of the MERT. MERT members will renew first aid and AED training every two years.

Medical emergencies involving the use of an AED will be followed up by submitting a written narrative report to the Garrett County Public Schools AED Program Coordinator and Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations within 24 hours of the emergency. This report should include name of person with cardiac arrest symptoms, date/time of incident, site, a narrative of the incident, practices and/or safety equipment used, and name/s of witnesses.

All equipment and accessories necessary for support of medical emergency response shall be maintained in a state of readiness. Records indicating that the system is functioning properly shall be maintained at the school level with copies submitted to the Program Coordinator monthly.







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