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AED site implementation
Follow steps designed to assist in the implementation of an AED program and help preserve the principle of continuity of emergency patient care.
Prescription and purchasing
Most AED models require a prescription, which can be obtained through King County EMS. Washington state law also requires that a licensed physician provide medical direction to a person or entity for the use of the device.
AED registration form
After purchasing your AED, the next step is to register it with King County EMS. When your device is registered, 911 dispatchers can direct callers to the nearest AED in an emergency.
Request medical direction for an AED
The Medical Director will provide medically approved protocol to assist you in developing an AED program appropriate for your home or business.
In accordance with Washington state law, AED users should receive reasonable instruction in defibrillator use and CPR.
What to do after a sudden cardiac arrest
AED site coordinators should insure that in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, a plan is in place to restore the AED into service and inform EMS about the use of the device as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions about AEDs
Learn about whether someone can be injured from an AED; the difference between prescription and medical direction; applicable laws; what to do after an AED is used and more.
AED program history
In 1998, the Washington State Legislature enacted a specific law (RCW 70.54.310) to facilitate implementation compliance of a citizen defibrillation program. With increased technology resources, the role of the Community Responder continues to evolve.
Sudden cardiac arrest survivor stories
Learn how bystanders acted quickly, beginning chest compressions and calling 911 while locating the nearest AED and using it to save the life of Bob McCleskey, CEO of Sellen Construction and on another occasion, the life of Bill Krueger, former Seattle Mariners pitcher.
Medically-approved protocols for use of an AED in King County
Follow the 3 main steps to use an AED and observe critical actions when saving someone from sudden cardiac arrest.
User agreement and Washington state AED legislation
The purpose of having a user agreement is to inform the owner/user/acquirer of an automated external defibrillator (AED) of Washington state requirements as defined in RCW 70.54.310.
Shockingly Simple resources
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