AED Program

AED Purchasing Information

Thinking of purchasing an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for your department or Purdue building? Well, here is some basic information to help get you started…

Cardiac Science G5 - Initial costs (as of January 2016)

Non-recurring: ~$1500 to $2,000 - for the unit and cabinet

Recurring – pads every 2 years, battery every 4 years, ~ $500 total

Purdue University Fire Department oversees the AED program on the West Lafayette campus. If your department or a specific department/ group within a building is interested in purchasing an AED, there are a few key things you should know. The purchase and funds for an AED would be done through your department or the department/ group that wish to purchase a unit(s). A Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 AED is the recommended unit to purchase at Purdue University. Cardiac Science has just released the next generation AED called ‘Powerheart G5’. During the initial start-up purchase of a G5 unit, it will include two (2) sets of adult defibrillation pads, a four (4) year battery with warranty, carry case, ready kit, USB cable, AED Manager and more. Each new unit comes with an eight (8) year warranty. In addition to the AED unit purchase, most departments’ also buy one (1) child defibrillation pad set (if applicable), an AED wall cabinet and an AED 3-D wall sign. These wall mount cabinets are usually placed within an area of the building that will make the AED units accessible for all to use in the event that someone goes into cardiac arrest.

It is the expectation of the department(s) or designated responsible group(s) that have bought an AED, to maintain their unit(s) in the rescue ready mode, according to the manufacture’s guidelines and Purdue Fire’s recommendations. Replacement of the defibrillation pads (adult x2 sets, child x1 set) every two (2) years or by the given expiration date on the defibrillation pads and for a new battery every four (4) years is required.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lt. John Guerra with Purdue University Fire Department at jaguerra@purdue.edu or 765-494-0958.

To purchase a unit(s), you can check within the Purdue Purchasing System for an AED quote. Please make sure that the quote is for a Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 unit, cabinet, 3-D wall sign and (or) for any additional accessories if needed (i.e. child pads).

If you need a specific price quote or additional information on the purchasing of a unit(s) or accessories, you can contact either:

Troy Pflugner with Cardiac Science

 

tpflugner@cardiacscience.com

 

 

800-426-0337   ext. 2426

 

317-385-4678   (cell)

 

317-203-0731   (fax)

 

School Health is an authorized provider to sell Cardiac Science items. They are also a vendor in the Purdue Purchasing System that works with Purdue and provides Purdue pricing.

After Your Order Has Been Placed

Once you have made the decision to purchase and order an AED, it is important to notify Lt. John Guerra with Purdue University Fire Department (Fire Prevention). Purdue Fire Prevention offers a free building walk-thru assessment to assist in determining the best location/ placement of the AED(s) within the building, to provide ADA compliance instruction on mounting the cabinet and to assist with the AED set-up, once the unit arrives.

 AED cabinet and 3D sign  AED cabinet with 3-D wall mount sign.

If an AED cabinet is purchased, and after your walk-thru assessment has been conducted, you can request installation through Physical Facilities (zones). Remember since the cabinet can protrude off the wall more than 4 inches in hallways of public travel, the ADA height for the cabinet(s) must be 27 inches from the floor to the bottom of the cabinet. Should you have any questions about this process; again, please don’t hesitate to contact Lt. John Guerra at jaguerra@purdue.edu or 765-494-0958.

Once the actual AED unit arrives, Lt. John Guerra or a member of the Purdue Fire team can come out and assist with the set-up of the unit(s). Each unit will be added to a master list and will be checked and tracked by serial number by the Purdue University Fire Department annually. It is important to notify Lt. John Guerra or Purdue Fire Prevention, if the AED responsible party changes, and (or) your department/ AED needs to be relocated. Lastly, the building deputy should be notified about the purchase of an AED. They may have special requirements or input with assisting in the placement location process. They also will need to add this important information to the Building Emergency Plan (BEP). Jefferson Howells with Purdue’s Emergency Preparedness can further assist with updating your BEP information. He can be reached at 765-494-9269.

CPR and AED Training

CPR/AED - Purdue Fire Dept. provides FREE CPR/AED training to interested staff. The course is approximately a 3 hour course and scheduling is done through Lt. John Guerra with Fire Prevention.  Classes are held at the Purdue Airport Main Terminal (TERM) building rm. 102. This course is an American Heart Association (AHA) Friends and Family course. This training will include CPR for adult and child, choking and the use of the AED defibrillator. A/B parking is available in front of the building. If someone does not have an A/B permit, parking is available to the North of the train tracks in the designated visitor parking area.

AED Training Only - If your department or group already has personnel trained in CPR and only wishes to have AED training, then Purdue Fire can provide an AED instructional class. This class can be held at your building or a reserved room of your choosing which will accommodate the requested number of students in attendance. The class can take 30 minutes to an hour based on your time restrictions. This is a popular class and scheduling would be done through Lt. John Guerra.

Carol with Cardiac Science G5 at ABE Carol Weaver posing with their Cardiac Science G5 AED at ABE. 

Self Inspections

Even though the Purdue Fire Department will come out annually to check your AED, it is just as important that your department or group take a proactive approach to ensuring the AED is Rescue Ready.

Online at www.purdue.edu/ehps/fire, under the inspection information tab, there is a link for each department and (or) responsible party that has an AED, to complete and self-report the status of their AED(s). This self-audit is to be completed quarterly or four (4) times a year.  Here is the link to this AED self-audit form: http://www.purdue.edu/ehps/fire/forms/AED_form.php  

Each field is to be filled in. Once completed, hit the submit button and it will be send to Lt. John Guerra with Purdue Fire for review and recordkeeping. If audit is done through Maximo, then please keep your own records for up to 2 years.

To assist you with understanding and completing the status of a Cardiac Science battery, use the below indicators while checking the unit. Remember that these batteries have a four (4) year warranty. It is recommend to write the date on the new battery when you install it. If it dies before the fourth year, then contact Cardiac Science for a new replacement battery.  

4 green lights = 100%  (4 years)

3 green lights = 75%  (3 years)

2 green lights = 50%  (2 years)

1 green light = 25 %  (1 or less years)

Red light = needs replaced  

No light = dead battery – Take out-of-service until battery is replaced.

Accessories and Maintenance

As mentioned earlier, it is the expectation of the department(s) or designated responsible group(s) that have bought an AED, to maintain their unit(s) in the rescue ready mode, according to the manufacturer’s guidelines and Purdue Fire’s recommendations. Every two (2) years the electrode pads will need to be replaced, even if they were not used. The electrodes use a water-based gel on the pads that can dry up and make the pads useless and (or) cause the pads to not analyze the heart rhythm.  Two (2) adult electrode sets should be with each AED unit at all times. If applicable, one (1) child set should also be ordered every two years. A battery should be replaced about every four (4) years (see previous section on self-inspections).

If the AED is used for an emergency, the used electrode pads that were placed on the victim are not to be re-used. If EMS takes them off at the scene, the used electrode pads are to be thrown away. In order to put the AED back in-service, the spare adult electrode set that is to be with the unit, will be connected as the main electrodes and the department is to order a new electrode pad set that will replace the used set. If any of the ready kit items have been used, then they are to be replaced and (or) properly cleaned. A new ready kit can be purchased as an accessory.

Remember to complete a new AED online self-audit form once the status, location, responsible party changes and (or) expired electrode pads/ battery have been updated. The form should reflect these new changes or new expiration dates/ status.    

If anyone has questions or needs assistance, please contact Lt. John Guerra or a member of the Purdue Fire Department to assist.

I am hopeful that this information can get you started. If you have any further or immediate questions, please contact Lt. John Guerra at 765-494-0958 or jaguerra@purdue.edu