Automated External Defibrillator Information
- AED Quick Reference Guide
- American Heart Association AED Implementation Guide
- Automated External Defibrillator Q&A
- Emergency Response Planning Q&A
- Good Samaritan Law
- Key Requirements for AED Use and Ownership
- Sample AED Protocol
- Sample Internal Medical Emergency Response Plan
- Where Can I Get an AED?
Upon recommendation by the UIL Medical Advisory Committee, the UIL Legislative Council passed a rule change to require at least one Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on each UIL member high school campus. This measure took effect on August 1, 2007. At this time, each UIL high school must have at least one AED on campus.
Additionally, each school should have a plan for the implementation, coordination and maintenance of the AED.
Every campus is required to have an Automated External Defibrillator
The 80th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 7, which relates to instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the availability and use of automated external defibrillators at public school campuses and certain athletic events.
The bill requires the following:
- School districts shall annually make CPR and AED training available to employees.
- All coaches, nurses, PE teachers, band directors, cheerleader sponsors, and student trainers maintain current certification in CPR and AED.
- The State Board of Education is to add elements related to CPR and AED training in TEKS for the Health Curriculum.
- At least 1 AED must be located on every campus (including elementary, junior high and high school).
- The campus AED must be readily available during any UIL athletic contest on campus, and a determination made (in cooperation with UIL) the extent to which an AED must be available at UIL athletic activities held at locations other than the school campus
- Schools must make reasonable effort (in cooperation with UIL) to ensure that an AED is available at each UIL practice held at a district campus. If school cannot provide an AED at every practice, the school must determine (in cooperation with UIL) to what extent the campus AED must be available at each practice.
- Schools are required to develop safety procedures to follow in responding to a medical emergency involving cardiac arrest, including appropriate response time for CPR and use of AED.
- The bill creates a pilot program to screen sixth grade students for heart defects with an electrocardiogram and an echocardiogram.
For compliance with the requirements for placement and availability of AEDs for campus activities and practices, the UIL provides information which is available on the AED Information Page, in the Health and Safety Section of the UIL web site.
Specifically, UIL recommends that schools and school districts refer to the American Heart Association AED Implementation Guide when determining placement and utilization of campus and district AEDs.