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GETTING YOUR AED PROGRAM STARTED...

Getting Started - Emergency Responders Network - AED Implementation
(6 easy steps to a successful AED Program)

FIRST THINGS FIRST...
We all agree: AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) save lives (See The Standard of Care and FAQ's for more info). The real question is: How do you go about starting an AED Program? Admittedly, starting an AED Program might sound intimidating. Fortunately, Emergency Responders Network has gone to great lengths to simplify this process by doing most of the work for you! Our First on Scene™ AED Programs incorporate the "Four Pillars" needed to successfully plan, implement and maintain your lifesaving system! Although the steps out lined below are generalized, following them will ensure your AED Program will be up and running before you know it!


STEP 1: Gain Consensus among Stake holders...
Although YOU understand the benefits of having an AED on your sight, you may need to demonstrate the need for the decision makers. Emergency Responders Network recommends that you familiarize yourself with the information contained in this web site and then direct those individuals to do the same. Specifically, have them start with our webpage titled: The Standard of Care to bring them up to speed. We think you'll agree: They'll walk away with a clear understanding of the important roll AEDs play in every successful First Responder Program!

STEP 2: Analyze your Site...
Before you begin, it is important that you know Why you need What you need! Included with all of our First on Scene™ AED Programs, your AED Program Management System will assist you in determining your AED Program needs. You should discuss the layout, traffic pattern, hours of operation, etc.. Using the "3 Minute Rule", you should determine unit placement based on a response time of no greater than three minutes. You should be realistic about where the AED can be easily accessed will be safe from harm (i.e. Mounted in an AED cabinet, behind the security desk, etc.). Here we can all become more aware of where the best logical locations of your AEDs and emergency response equipment should be.

STEP 3: Purchase an AED Package or an AED with the Necessary Components...
(i.e. Make arrangements for: 1) Equipment, 2) Training, 3) Medical Prescription and Direction, and 4) Implementation and Management Plan)...
Once you have determined your program needs (see First on Scene™ AED Packages for assistance in choosing the right program for you), you must, of course, make arrangements to purchase them. Emergency Responders Network offers a range of options designed to fit your specific needs. Whether you purchase a complete package or purchase the item individually, you will need a minimum of the following "Four Pillars" to complete this process:
1. EQUIPMENT: AED, Cabinet, Batteries, Pads, etc.. (More Info)
2. MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION: Prescription required to purchase (More Info)
3. TRAINING: As a required component, consider live or Interactive CD-based Training (More Info)
4. PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT: Develop or purchase an established plan (More Info)

The exciting thing about completing this step is that upon it's completion you will be able to now establish a date to start your program!!!

STEP 4: Organize your Team...
One of the steps in your program development involves deciding who your Medical Emergency Response Team Members will be and developing a plan to get them trained. Included with all of our First on Scene™ AED Programs, your AED Program Management System will assist you in defining the roles of your team Member(s) and provides an "Program Announcement Letter" template to send out to prospective volunteers. Once you develop your list, we can then begin the process of assembling your team (Hint - this is really no different than deciding who is to be CPR or First Aid trained).

STEP 5: Implement your AED Program...
It doesn't get any easier than this. Thanks to the checklists in our comprehensive online Implementation Guide and First on Scene™ AED Packages, you can simply follow the ordered list!

STEP 6: Promote your AED Program...
Part of ensuring the success of your program (both internally and externally) should include making sure people are aware of it! For example, it has been known for some time that the Walt Disney Company recently purchased hundreds of AEDs. It was subsequently announced in the media. They have successfully promoted this as a safety adjunct and enhancement to their existing overall safety program.

ADDITIONAL AED PROGRAM INFORMATION
Emergency Responders Network - AED Implementation First on Scene™ AED Programs
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Emergency Responders Network - AED Implementation Frequently Asked Questions
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Emergency Responders Network - AED Implementation Basic Legal Information
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