AED Safety Placement Guidelines
|CRITICAL AREAS:||SIMPLE RULES:||CALCULATIONS:
- Areas where the largest number of people are present.
- Near people with a history of SCA (sudden cardiac arrest.)
- Areas difficult for EMS to get to. IE: confined spaces, tall buildings, and remote locations.
- Hazards such as high electric voltage.
- Medical equipment needs to be highly visible.
- Place it near expected responders such as security guards, lifeguards and first aid stations.
- Must be easily accessible, even on 3rd shifts.
|Using the 3 to 4 minute goal of the AHA do one of the following:
- Use a stopwatch and walk for 1 ½ minutes. This assumes the responder needs to walk to the AED/O2/FA supplies, and return with the equipment. Some facilities will radio for help; in those cases a 3 minute direct walk should be sufficient.
- Knowing that the average person walks 300 feet per minute, measure out 450 feet from each first aid station location. Or, if they radio for help, 900 feet.