Where do we put our AED?
Now that you have an AED at your facility your next question is....Where do we put the AED? Site selection is a question that we get asked about quite frequently!
AEDUniverse.com has complied some important questions and information to help you with this common question.. Where should we put the AED?
When considering where to place your AED here is some questions you should first ask.
1. Where are the trained rescuers located in the building?
2. Are there any high risk areas within your facility (workout facility, running track, electrical rooms)
3. Where is the highest concentration of people? (Usually in schools it is the gym)
4. How secure is your facility?
5. Are there areas that are locked after normal hours?
6. Is your AED going to be in a cabinet? Alarmed?
7. Where is the nearest phone?
8. What is the most central point within your facility?
9. Is there an area that is always manned? Security Desk?
10. What is your form of communication? (two-way radios, phones, intercom)
Once you have the information complied now comes that decision? Think of the following:
AED's should be visible to everyone. No one is going to use it or even ask for it if they don't know it exists.
cabinets help deter theft and allow AED's to be visible.
AED's should never be locked up
in a drawer somewhere. Out of site out of mind! Regular inspection checks
probably will not get done. Regular inspections are critical to assure AED
AED's should be near a phone for
AED's should be centrally located
within the highest risk and most concentrated population area and near
AED's should be placed near high
AED's should be placed well
within 3 minutes of anywhere within the facility. (That means 1.5 minutes to
the device and 1.5 minutes back at a brisk walking pace).
- The semi-recessed AED cabinets are appropriate where Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations are a consideration. The
Americans with Disabilities Act requires that objects not protrude more
than 4 inches into foot traffic areas of open aisles and walkways
(hallways) unless the object's bottom edge is no higher than 27 inches from the ground.
In schools think of the following:
Gyms are usually high risk areas and usually
have the high concentrations of people both during school and for after
Look at the main office area. These areas are
usually staffed or supervised the most within a school.
Look at areas that are locked in the evening
time. These usually don't make very good locations because of theirlack of
Most schools fear theft and lean toward
locking AED's away. We feel this is a bad idea and other solutions can
usually be found to balance security and accessibility.
We haven't covered all possible
scenarios. It is a good idea to get several opinions, keeping in mind
Accessibility by everyone
(this means don't put the AED 6 feet high on a wall). Education and getting the
word out about what an AED does, why you have it and its importance will help
encourage everyone to take ownership of the AED and its security. Talk with your
medical director and get their thoughts on placement. The American Heart
Association publishes valuable information about AED
This article is for informational
purposes only and should not be mistaken for legal or medical advice. Please use
good judgment when selecting a good location for your AED and consult your AED
medical director for more information.