Policy D14
Policy Name: Public Access Defibrillation and Automated External Defibrillator Use
Responsibility for Policy: Campus Safety and Security

I. Policy Statement  

This document shall serve as written guidelines pertaining to the College’s Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use.

II. Reason for Policy  

The safety and well-being of students, visitors and employees is of vital importance to Onondaga Community College. The College is committed to providing AED’s and trained personnel for the purpose of helping to save lives on campus. The important factor to increase survivability in sudden cardiac arrest is rapid defibrillation. During sudden cardiac arrest, early intervention is vital to survival for every minute that defibrillation is delayed the chance of victim survival is reduced by 10%. Early defibrillation by a trained responder may lead to total recovery for the victim. Trained staff members, when made aware of a potential cardiac arrest, stroke, unconscious person, or nature unknown, should respond in an expeditious manner with an AED and personal protective equipment kit.

III. Applicability of the Policy  

All members of the campus community should be familiar with this policy.

IV. Contacts  


Office Name  

Title or



Information regarding the policy on Public Access Defibrillation and AED use

Campus Safety and Security

Vice President for Campus Safety and Security

(315) 498-2173


V. Definitions  




Automated external defibrillator: is a computerized medical device which can both check a person’s heart rhythm and in cases where there is no heart rhythm, deliver a shock designed to restart the heart.


Public Access Defibrillation: A portable apparatus used to restart a heart that has stopped. It is programmed to analyze cardiac rhythms automatically and indicate to a health professional when to deliver a defibrillating shock after the health professional has determined that no one is in contact with the patient.

VI. Procedures  

It is the policy of the College to train staff members in the operation of AED’s and to provide equipment at strategically placed locations on campus, including a mobile AED with the Athletic Trainer and a mobile AED with the Campus Safety and Security Patrol vehicle.

The PAD program shall be maintained in accordance with the provisions of the New York State Department of Health Guidelines on Public Access Defibrillation, Central New York Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council PAD protocols and guidelines, established through the collaborative agreement with Onondaga Community College’s Emergency Health Care Provider (EHCP).

Operational Objectives - to provide the unconscious, pulse-less victim of sudden cardiac arrest with access to rapid defibrillation.

VII. Forms/Online Processes  

  • Emergency Medical Protocol – 2311 flow chart (see Campus Safety & Security)
  • Public Access Defibrillation Report of Use form (see Campus Safety & Security)
  • AED Locations (see Campus Safety & Security)
  • Sample of revised 2311 poster (see Campus Safety & Security)


Approved by the President May 5, 2011