The ideal situation is to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) located close enough to every after-school practice and event so that it can be used within 3 minutes of a life-threatening emergency. Sudden cardiac arrest survival rates decrease by 10% with each minute of delay.
Make AED Locations Known
In addition to sharing AED locations during training sessions, you should also let your local Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) office know where AEDs are located, so they’ll know in advance if they need to respond to an emergency at your school.
See sample letter to local EMS office
Keep Your AEDs Maintained
To ensure your AEDs are working properly, we developed a checklist that can be used by the person assigned to AED maintenance at your school.
See AED Inspection Readiness Inventory form
What to Do After an AED is Used
In addition to checking for any damage following use of an AED in an emergency, you should also check the battery and download data from the AED.
Learn what to do after AED use