AED Program FAQs

  • What are the benefits of participating in the AED Program?

    The Clemson University AED Program provides for standardization of AED units on campus, including purchasing, maintenance, testing, training and record keeping in order ensure consistency of use and a centralized database for record keeping.

  • Who is responsible for the Clemson University AED Program?

    The Clemson University Safety Council in coordination with Clemson University Fire & EMS is responsible for campus AED program oversight. The Clemson University Fire & EMS Chief, or his/her designee will serve as the AED Program Manager and be responsible for ensuring that the AED Registry stays up to date, as well as provide guidance to various campus departments with implementation and maintenance of the AED(s).

  • What are the responsibilities of the AED Site Coordinator?

    The AED Site Coordinator is responsible for implementing the AED program within their department or unit and serves as the primary contact for the AED(s) in their work area.

  • Who pays for the AED?

    If University funds are unavailable, requesting departments are financially responsible for the AED equipment purchase, alarmed storage box, signage, medical oversight, installation, and any maintenance according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Refer to the complete AED Program Guidelines.

  • How does a department purchase an AED?

    The preferred AED packages will be listed in the BuyWays Procurement program for the purchasing departments to access and order. You can access the BuyWays link here

  • Do I need approval to purchase an AED?

    Yes, in accordance with the SC AED Act and the Clemson University AED Program, the AED Site Coordinator must apply and obtain approval from the AED Program Manager prior to finalizing the purchase in BuyWays.

  • What do I need to do if I am no longer able to serve as an AED Coordinator for my building?

    The Building Security Coordinator should be notified as soon as possible to allow him/her to identify another person in your department to replace you. The AED Program Manager should be notified as soon as a replacement is identified. If a Site Coordinator cannot be identified to maintain the AED, the AED will be subject to removal from the site by the AED Program Manager.

  • If AEDs are so easy to use, why do people need formal training in how to use them?

    An AED operator must know how to recognize the signs of a sudden cardiac arrest, when to activate the EMS system, and how to do CPR. It's also important for operators to receive formal training on the AED model they will use so that they become familiar with the device and are able to successfully operate it in an emergency. Training also teaches the operator how to avoid potentially hazardous situations. Click here for training resources.