(Approved by the Executive Director of Health Sciences Administration by authority of Executive Order No. 1 and the Provost and Executive Vice President by authority of Executive Order No. 4)
As part of the University's commitment to a healthy, safe, working environment, the University makes first aid instruction available to University employees (for more information on First Aid, see APS 10.5). First aid instruction includes training on the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as a life-saving aid. RCW 70.54.310 establishes specific requirements for entities regarding AEDs. In order to comply with RCW 70.54.310, the University's AEDs are placed with, maintained by, and are the responsibility of the University of Washington Police Department (UWPD) and designated public safety departments.
This policy establishes the procedure that an organizational unit must follow to select, acquire, manage, and use an AED that is not serviced by the UWPD or a designated public safety department. Only an AED acquired in accordance with this specified procedure is considered approved and authorized for use by the University.
This policy applies to University of Washington campuses at Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma, and off-site locations used for academic teaching, research, and/or administrative purposes where the University maintains authority and responsibility for the property, including but not limited to, Friday Harbor Laboratories, Pack Forest, and South Lake Union.
This policy does not apply to the operations and/or facilities of Harborview Medical Center, the University of Washington Medical Center, Hall Health Primary Care Center, or the Sports Medicine department of Intercollegiate Athletics wherein AEDs are used as part of normal medical equipment.
|A.||Chancellors, Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors,
Chairs, Department Heads, and Supervisors
Those individuals having management and/or supervisory authority are responsible for directing the units within their respective areas to comply with this policy.
Organizational units that are approved to purchase AEDs must follow this policy and the procedures herein to purchase, manage, maintain, and use an AED in conformance with all applicable laws, policies, and procedures of the University.
|C.||University of Washington Police Department
The UWPD, as part of their first emergency responder responsibilities, equips UWPD patrol cars with the University AEDs. They also place AEDs at other locations under their jurisdiction as they deem necessary. They provide AEDs at the UW Seattle campus and contiguous areas under UWPD jurisdiction. UWPD AEDs are purchased, managed, maintained, and used in conformance with all applicable laws, policies, and procedures. The UWPD AEDs are the standard Medic 1 units with which all other AEDs at UW Seattle must be compatible and consistent.
|D.||University of Washington Public Safety Departments at UW
Bothell and UW Tacoma
At the UW Bothell and UW Tacoma campuses, the public safety departments purchase, manage, maintain, and use AEDs in conformance with all applicable laws, policies, and procedures. The public safety departments' AEDs are the standard Medic 1 units with which all other AEDs at those University facilities must be compatible and consistent.
|E.||University of Washington AED Coordinating Committee
The Executive Director of Health Sciences Administration chairs and appoints the members of the University's AED Coordinating Committee. This committee is responsible for reviewing and approving AED purchase requests in compliance with this policy and procedure, with specific emphasis on assuring medical oversight, reviewing organizational unit responsibilities, and selecting the type of AED equipment. In addition, the committee periodically reviews the history of AED use at University facilities, any unusual outcomes of AED use, results of any inspections concerning AED use or maintenance, and may recommend policy changes. The core membership of this committee consists of the Campus Health Services Director, the UW Police Chief, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, and the directors of designated public safety departments. Other members may be appointed at the discretion of the committee chair.
The Executive Director of the Health Sciences Administration designates a University physician to provide the required medical oversight and direction of AED use at the University. This physician is the primary liaison for the jurisdictional emergency medical responders and trauma centers regarding use and availability of AEDs at the University.
An AED coordinator is the designated person in an organizational unit who is responsible for ensuring that the AED purchased by the unit is approved, managed, maintained, and secured in accordance with the provisions of this policy and procedure, the AED manufacturer's requirements, and applicable law.
|H.||Campus Health Services
The University's Campus Health Services unit (CHS) provides coordination and oversight of employee health clinical services. In addition, this unit maintains the inventory of the University-authorized AEDs, convenes the AED Coordinating Committee on behalf of the committee chair, provides the physician oversight for the University's AEDs, and coordinates with Medic 1 and trauma centers regarding AED use, as necessary.
|I.||Environmental Health and Safety Department
The University's Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S) maintains AED information on its website and serves as the point of contact for organizations wishing to submit materials to the AED Coordinating Committee for review and possible approval. EH&S also conducts annual surveys of authorized units to ensure timely maintenance has occurred and sends reports of findings to the CHS Director. For units not in compliance with University policy and/or maintenance requirements, EH&S is authorized to remove an organization's AEDs, after notifying the responsible organizational authority and the CHS Director.
Organizational units can only purchase AED equipment compatible with AEDs maintained by UWPD and/or the public safety departments. AED type and selection shall be consistent for each University location to simplify training, maintenance, operational requirements and practices, as well as improve compatibility and use with community emergency medical responders. Consistent compliance is attained by the review and approval process described below.
|#1||Prior to obtaining an AED, an organizational unit must receive
approval for its purchase from the AED Coordinating Committee. To do so, the unit must provide the
|#2||Submit the application,
available at the EH&S website, with the information in Item #1 above, to EH&S for coordination of
review/approval by the CHS Director and the University's AED Coordinating Committee.
|#3||If approval to purchase the AED is granted, the organizational unit must
complete the following steps:
|#4||Safe use of AEDs requires the organizational unit to accept and implement
the following ongoing responsibilities:
Additional information can be found at the EH&S website.
November 18, 2008.