3412 Policy – Automated External Defibrillators (AED)

The Bellingham Public Schools recognizes that by equipping schools with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and training employees in their use, the potential to save lives in the event of a health emergency, including cardiac arrest, is increased.  The district may place AEDs at designated school sites.  Schools and district facilities with an AED on site will train selected staff in their use according to the guidelines provided by the Washington State Department of Health.

This policy does not create any implied or express guarantee, or obligation to use an AED, nor does it create an expectation that an AED or a trained employee will be present and able to use an AED, even if a condition arose that made the use of an AED beneficial.

A person who uses an AED at the scene of an emergency and all other persons and entities providing services are immune from civil liability for any personal injury that results from any act or omission in the use of the AED in an emergency setting, unless the acts or omissions amount to gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.

The superintendent will develop procedures for the placement, maintenance, and use of AEDs in schools.





Approved By: Greg Baker
Signature Date: 30/10/2014
Adopted: 09/24/09
Revised: 10/30/14
Approved: Superintendent Approved
Legal References: Content

RCW 4.24. 300           Immunity from liability for certain types of medical care

RCW 70.54.310          Semiautomatic external defibrillator – Duty of Acquirer-Immunity from Civil Liability

Management Resources: Content

Policy News, April 2011        Legal Aspects of Defibrillator Use Defined