Ithaca College Office of Public Safety
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Cabinet Activation
Latest Rev.: Jan. 10, 2008
Ithaca College has implemented a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) program following the American Heart Association and NYS Department of Health guidelines. These guidelines call for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be installed throughout campus to ensure greater public availability. The earlier someone in cardiac arrest receives treatment (i.e., CPR and/or AED shock), the greater his/her chance of survival. The PAD guidelines recommend that an AED be readily accessible for use within 3 minutes from anywhere on campus.
Currently, OPS has one AED in two marked patrol cars and in one EH&S truck.
AED Cabinet Security
To provide the public with access to the AEDs, they must be left loose in unlocked cabinets. Each cabinet is equipped with a high-pitched local alarm that sounds when the cabinet door is opened and is silenced upon securely closing the door.
In addition to the local alarm, the cabinet doors are wired to immediately send an “emergency 911 notification” to Public Safety Dispatch in the same way that blue-light telephone calls are received (e.g., “Campus Center AED,” “Textor AED,” etc.) via the telephone display.
The cabinets also bare the following message - Notice: Removing this device alerts Public Safety. Also call 911 to report location.
AED Cabinet Activation Response:
The following are the OPS procedures for responding to AED cabinet alarms:
a) All AED cabinet activation alarms received at dispatch must be treated as an actual medical emergency.
b) Dispatchers will notify patrols and EH&S (if available) to respond to the location of the AED cabinet activation. The Dispatcher will also immediately notify County Dispatch - 911 to request EMS response.
a. In most cases, the medical emergency will not be at the exact location of the activated AED cabinet because a person will typically take the AED from the cabinet and bring it to the victim. Dispatchers will need to provide specific information about the exact location of the emergency, condition of person, etc., to responding officers and EMS agencies as it becomes available.
c) Responding Patrol Officers in vehicles equipped with an AED should take that AED to the scene as well.