AED Institute along with the American Heart Association encourage you and your organization to
start a PAD Program of your own. Once a PAD program has been established in your facility or
home, it's important to make sure that anyone regularly on the premises knows about the program.
They also need to know how to alert the trained rescuers in the event of a cardiac emergency.
PAD Program information should be communicated to your organization members through on-site meetings.
This allows the AED to be demonstrated, the program to be explained and emergency action to be taken
by untrained good Samaritans.
For more information about PAD Trials that
have been conducted visit the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's sponsored trial held at
University of Washington
-Prescription signed by a California licensed physician in order to purchase and use an AED
-4 hours of CPR/AED certification training class every two (2) years
-Notification to local EMS alerting them to the placement of the AED
-Policy and Procedure for use and storage of AED
-Maintenance records with monthly check list as to the readiness of the unit
-Maintain skill competency
Southern California AED Institute recommends a 3-4 hour CPR/AED certification every two (2) years and 1 hour
skill update every other year to be taken for any organization wishing to have a PAD program.
The Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (CASA)
was part of the Public Health Improvement Act signed into law in November 2000. The law directs placing
automated external defibrillators (AEDS) in federal buildings and provides nationwide Good Samaritan
protection that exempts from liability anyone who renders emergency treatment with a defibrillator to
save someone's life.
It's recommended that you check the laws in your state to determine any specific elements that
researched via state web sites. See the National Center for Early Defibrillation
for a list of your state's web sites. The state EMS Department (usually part of the State Health Department) can also provide