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Safety increased with new approach for defibrillators

Agency: Adjutant General's Department -- Army National Guard
Project Type: Green Belt Project
Process: Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs) Process
Project: 121st Air Refueling Wing
Project Leader: A Medical Group LSS Green Belt Candidate (now Certified)
Team Members: 6 members of the 121st Air Refueling Wing
When: 2014-15
Contact: Mark Robertson
Phone: 614-336-7460

The placement and facility coverage of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) was inadequate. Five different brands of AEDs created both operational and maintenance problems. A less than optimal number of personnel were trained to operate the units, and members who trained to use one type of AED could not operate a different type. Management of the AED program required improvement. Self-inspection identified opportunities for improvement.

Biggest Changes: 23 new AEDs were placed in 16 key facilities based on the number of personnel working in those areas. 23 Site Coordinators were trained to utilize the AEDs. AED brands were consolidated from five to two.

Other Changes: New process and program point-of-contact is in place to ensure that the process is being monitored -- and that calibration and maintenance is occurring. Program inspections are compliant. Weekly checks, monthly function checks, and mock drills.

Benefits: Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are installed and maintained in key areas of the expansive Air base providing a quick response for Army National Guardsman, Air National Guardsman, State of Ohio employees, and Federal employees in case of an emergency. A significant number of personnel are trained to operate the AEDS as well.

Posted January 15, 2016

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