Early Defibrillation Program: Risk Management - Northwestern University

The automatic external defibrillator (AED) enables targeted and trained responders at Northwestern to deliver early defibrillation to victims in the first critical moments after a sudden cardiac arrest.

Responders' use of the AED should not replace the care provided by emergency medical services (EMS) providers, but it is meant to provide a lifesaving bridge during the first few critical minutes before advanced life support providers arrive. Upon arrival of the EMS providers, patient care should be transferred.

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Emergency Procedures

Activate 9-1-1

Early Defibrillation

Instructions for one-rescuer approach:

Early Advanced Care Life Support

AED Station Inventory

Suggested minimum quantities of supplies:

Post-use Procedure

Targeted Responder

AED Coordinator

Regular Maintenance

See User's Guide for complete maintenance schedule.

Daily and After Each Use

Weekly and After Each Use

After Each Use

Medical Director & AED Coordinator

The Medical Director has authority over the entire AED program and its participants. General responsibilities include the establishment and maintenance of the guidelines for care included in this protocol. In addition, the Medical Director also ensures quality assurance, compliance to protocols, proper training and provides positive reinforcement to individuals and the system, as well as corrective instruction.

Medical Director: Dr. Glenn E. Aldinger
Phone Number: (847) 316-6117

The AED Coordinator is the primary liaison between the University's AED program and the Medical Director. This person has responsibility for maintaining all equipment and supplies, organizing training programs and regular re-training programs, forwarding any incident data to the Medical Director and holding post-incident debriefing sessions for any employees involved.

Phone Number: (847) 491-5582