|Who May Use the AED's
How Much Training Is Required?
Heart Association and Phillips
Medical Systems strongly recommend CPR before the use of an AED.
The UMD EHS office feels the same way and therefore encourages
everyone who can to take an Adult CPR/AED training course from either
the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. UMD Human
Resources will attempt to provide Adult CPR/AED training courses on
campus as funding and time permit.
Although it is highly desirable to be trained in
CPR when using an AED, it is recognized that not everyone has the
opportunity to take a certified CPR class. The Phillips
Heartstart was designed to be very user friendly so that even an
untrained person could use it successfully. There are audible and
visual cues to guide the user in placing the pads correctly and
administering the shock at the right time. For this reason, and
to give as many campus employees and student groups as possible an
awareness of the Phillips Heartstart AED and how it works, a 30 minute
AED Awareness training course has been prepared and is provided by the
UMD EHS Office. Sign up on line on this site or on the UMD Human
NOTE: Please contact the American Heart Association
and/or Phillips Medical
Systems for more information.
I Hurt Someone With The AED?
The AED is designed so that it will only shock a
person whose heart rhythm is within specific parameters (for instance,
V-fib). All the operator needs do is verify that no one else is
touching the patient. Additionally, the Heartstart FR2 AED uses
low-energy biphasic electrical therapy. Unlike older models of manual
defibrillators, the amount of energy delivered to the patient is
unlikely to hurt a person who is touching the patient.
I Make Things Worse?
Technically, you can… The statistics from Phillips
say the FR2+ will correctly identify a shock-able rhythm 90% (So 10% of
those in V-Fib or V-Tach will not get the cue to be
shocked). The FR2+ will incorrectly identify a
non-shock-able rhythm 95% (so 5% of those who should not be shocked
will get the cue to be shocked). However, this is better than
human error and if you are checking a pulse that 5% will go down.
Also, if someone's heart is not pumping blood,
they will have certain brain damage after 4 to 6 minutes and will die
after 10 to 15 minutes. The AED cannot make things worse in this
case. It is designed to work well in a variety of environments and
There is Minnesota State legislation and US
Federal legislation known as the "Good Samaritan Law" that protects
non-certified medical personnel from being sued when lending assistance
to a person in danger. Therefore, if something should go wrong,
you are protected from a lawsuit. This legislation has been
passed by most states to encourage people to do whatever they can for
anyone in danger or medical distress, and by the Federal Government
specifically to encourage the layperson to use AED's whenever a heart
failure is suspected.