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800.3 - Automated External Defibrillators (AED)

University Group Policy #800.3

I.  Policy Statement

The purpose of this policy is to assure University compliance with State of North Carolina laws, State of North Carolina Office of State Human Resources guidelines, and the American Heart Association’s Public Access Defibrillation Programs, as they may be amended from time to time, and to outline the acquisition, use, training, and maintenance of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).

II.    Guidelines

Medical Emergency Response Plan

WSSU shall maintain a Medical Emergency Response Plan as part of its Emergency Operations Plan that includes information regarding the implementation of appropriate training courses, proper maintenance of the AED units, coordination with licensed professionals, and coordination with local emergency medical systems.


Automated external defibrillators shall be placed in all buildings located on main campus, all university residence halls, and all university police patrol vehicles. A master list of all AED units, including the model and unit serial number, shall be maintained at the University Police Department. The University Emergency Management Director and/or the Environmental Health and Safety Director shall make a determination regarding the necessity of additional AED units on or around campus. Any subsequent acquisition of AED units shall be made from a contracted vendor licensed to operate in the State of North Carolina. Newly acquired units shall also be registered with the Forsyth County Medical Director or the Director of Emergency Services upon acquisition and placement in designated locations on and around the university.


Automated external defibrillators shall be inspected monthly by the servicing vendor. The inspection shall adhere to the requirements established by current law and shall be documented. A copy of such inspections shall be maintained by the vendor and provided to the University on a quarterly basis or upon request. The building coordinator or his/her designee, as designated by the Emergency Management Plan, shall perform a monthly visual inspection of the unit in the cabinet and any visual issues shall be reported by email to the Emergency Management Director and the Environmental Health & Safety Director. The servicing vendor shall provide primary oversight for the routine maintenance the units on a regular basis in accordance with State of North Carolina requirements.


The university shall provide the necessary training for AEDs to designated personnel identified by the Emergency Management Director and the Environmental Health and Safety Director on periodic basis. AED units in university police patrol vehicles shall be inspected monthly by the vendor.


In an emergency, University personnel shall call the University campus police at 336-750-2911, which will allow them to initiate the emergency response protocol. Persons not trained in the use of AED units are not expected to use AED units in an emergency; however, the units are equipped with voice instructions that will provide instructions to the user.

Under NC law (N.C.G.S. §90-21.14), any person who, voluntarily and without expectation of compensation, uses an automated external defibrillator (AED) to render first aid or emergency health care treatment to a person who is unconscious, ill or injured shall not be liable for damages for injuries sustained in the rendering of the treatment unless the injuries or death were caused by gross negligence, wanton conduct or intentional wrongdoing on the part of the person rendering the treatment.

III.    Roles and Responsibilities

The building coordinator shall notify the Emergency Management Director, and the Environmental Health and Safety Director within 24 hours of the use of any AED unit.

IV.     Applicability

This policy is applicable on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.

Responsible Division: Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff

Authority: Board of Trustees


  • Adopted June 10, 2016

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