2022-2023 Administrative Policy Manual Published September 2, 2022 
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2022-2023 Administrative Policy Manual Published September 2, 2022 [ARCHIVED COPY]

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

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Effective Date: March 14, 2023
Revision History: May 26, 2016
Policy Contact: AVP Operations/Chief of Police

I. Purpose and Policy Statement

Georgia Gwinnett College is committed to providing a safe and healthy campus environment for all students, staff, faculty, parents, and visitors. GGC will establish and maintain an Automated External Defibrillator (“AED”) program. This program includes the establishment of an oversight committee chaired by the Associate Vice President for Public Safety/Chief of Police. The committee is responsible for the development of appropriate guidelines to ensure consistency in purchasing, placement, training, maintenance, and oversight of AEDs on the GGC campus. While participation in the AED program is highly recommended, it is optional for GGC departments.

II. Scope

This program has been established to provide training and equipment in case any person on campus has a sudden cardiac arrest incident. Having this equipment and training can help save lives, as a person could die without treatment within minutes.

III. Definitions

Automated External Defibrillator (“AED”): A lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal rhythm to resume. A sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly.

IV. Responsibilities

Training in the use of an AED is not required, but it is recommended to help the rescuer increase their comfort and level of confidence. However, AEDs are intended for use by the general public. Most AEDs use audible voice prompts to guide the user through the process. Training can help make a person more familiar and comfortable with using these types of devices.