Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Emory PAD Program?

Emory University has implemented a new campus-wide Public Access Defibillation (PAD) Program which will deploy Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) across the University's campuses.  The Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) will manage this program for the University while Emory Healthcare will manage its AED program separately.

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Why has Emory invested in the PAD Program?

Emory University is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to our campuses.  Emory established a Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program in support of this commitment.  The University is implementing this program in order to ensure that AEDs are readily available, that standardized equipment is used and that the equipment is maintained consistently.

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What should I do if I witness someone lose consciousness?

AED Building Response Procedures:

The nearest witness to the event should call 404.727.6111 or 911 to notify EMS or Emory Police of the problem. It is important to note that the AED may be used by any person, trained or untrained in its use, who in good faith renders emergency care to the victim according to Georgia’s Good Samaritan law.

If the person is not responsive and is not breathing normally:

  • Initiate chest compressions as soon as possible
  • Obtain the AED, turn on the device and follow instructions provided by the device
  • Designate an individual to meet the responding EMS unit outside the building on the street in order to facilitate the most direct route to the patient.
  • Follow the instructions of arriving EMS personnel and assist them per their directions.

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What is an AED?

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a small, portable device that analyzes the heart's rhythm for any abnormalities and, if necessary, directs the rescuer to deliver an electrical shock to the heart of someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. This shock, called defibrillation, may help the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

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Are AEDs dangerous?

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) will not deliver a shock unless there is a shockable rhythm detected. You cannot harm someone with an AED if you follow the instructions provided by the device.

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Are chest compressions dangerous?

It is not dangerous to perform chest compressions even if the heart is still beating.  It is possible to break ribs, but the benefits of chest compressions outweigh the risk of a broken rib. It is okay to do chest compressions even if the patient has a pacemaker or if they have had bypass surgery.

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Will I be held liable?

Georgia’s Good Samaritan Law is as follows: “Any person, including any person licensed to practice medicine and surgery pursuant to Article 2 of Chapter 34 of Title 43 and including any person licensed to render services ancillary thereto, who in good faith renders emergency care at the scene of an accident or emergency to the victim or victims thereof without making any charge therefor shall not be liable for any civil damages as a result of any act or omission by such person in rendering emergency care or as a result of any act or failure to act to provide or arrange for further medical treatment or care for the injured person.” From the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A. 51-1-29).

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How can I find training?

You may schedule a CPR and First Aid training with Emory EMS on campus.  You may also locate a course through the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.

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Where are AEDs located? How can I find the nearest one?

Each University building will have at least one AED installed in a conspicuous location where it can be accessed in an emergency.  

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What if our department already has an AED?

Existing AEDs will be replaced with the new equipment that the University is installing campus-wide.  Note that AED cabinets have alarms and should only be opened in the event of emergency.  Updating all previously purchased equipment will allow us to ensure that AEDs are readily available, that standardized equipment is used and that the equipment is maintained consistently.

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We would like to add another AED, how do we request another device?

Departments or units may not independently purchase an AED.  All AEDs will be centrally managed and approved by the CEPAR office.  Requests for an additional AED will be submitted to CEPAR for approval, and the requesting department or operating unit must fund any additional units.  Approved AEDs must be placed in an approved cabinet with signage, in an area that allows for public access to the device.

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