Memorandum of Understanding
1.1 This memorandum of understanding is designed to define the responsibilities of two parties (AEDdonate and the Receiver of the Defibrillator (“Receiver”)) in the provision of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and basic life support to persons suffering a cardiac arrest or other life threatening condition until the arrival of the statutory ambulance response. This is not a legally binding document.
1.2 This memorandum is offered in line with the aims of AEDdonate which are to raise funds to provide life-saving defibrillators within community areas and raise awareness of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and life-saving techniques. This complements the aims of Ambulance Service in their promotion of CPR and defibrillation within the community.
1.3 This initiative is also to complement existing first aid cover available at the Receivers (receiver of the defibrillators) location, and offers a level of security and comfort to its staff and users that in the event of an out of hospital cardiac arrest there will be both the equipment and where agreed, trained personnel to resuscitate the victim until the arrival of the ambulance service. This is not however, to state that only trained persons are able to use the defibrillator. The aim of public access defibrillators is, by definition, to enable anyone to use the equipment in a suspected cardiac arrest situation.
2.0 AEDdonate’s responsibility
2.1 AEDdonate will endeavour to promote the use of defibrillation in accordance with Ambulance Services.
2.2 AEDdonate will purchase the defibrillator in line with their aims.
2.4 AEDdonate will, in association with Ambulance Services, provide initial CPR and Defibrillator training if required.
2.5 AEDdonate will liaise with each recipient site in order to ensure:
- The defibrillator is placed in the most appropriate location in line with Local Ambulance Services guidelines.
- The defibrillator is recorded on the local Ambulance Services emergency operations central database.
- In the event of use, the defibrillator needs to be made available to be accessed by Local Ambulance Services in order to download the data from the cardiac arrest.
2.6 AEDdonate will work with the site to fund the replacement of consumables (i.e. pads)
3.0 Site responsibility
3.1 The site will carry out weekly visual checks of the AED to ensure the rescue service indicator found on the front of the device is operational. In the event of any issues, then the site will inform AEDdonate. Then AEDdonate will inform Local Ambulance Service that the site is “off line” immediately. This will also apply in the event of the AED being unavailable for any other reason i.e. theft, damaged or mislaid AED.
Once the AED is made available for use again AEDdonate will contact Local Ambulance Service to inform them that they are back on line.
3.2 The site will nominate and identify a number of persons designated to be AED operators, aiming to provide a minimum of one person trained on duty at any one time.
3.3 The site will call 999 in the event of a collapse on the site, to ensure professional ambulance assistance immediately to compliment the AED operator’s actions.
3.4 The site will implement a sustainability plan with AEDdonate in order to fund the purchase of a further defibrillator or consumables once the items are out of their warranty period.
4.0 Applicable to both parties
4.1 Statutory Obligation and other requirements
All parties shall comply with all statutory obligations, enactments and regulations and legal, professional and ethical requirements relating directly to its provision of services. Both parties shall immediately notify each other of any incident or proceedings arising from a breach of its responsibilities that may affect its ability to fulfil its obligations under this Memorandum of Understanding.
5.0 Risk Management
Each organisation will take full responsibility for its own risk in line with the Memorandum of Understanding.
6.0 Community Public Access Defibrillator sites (CPAD) only
6.1 All proposed CPAD sites will be visited by AEDdonate before going live. This is to confirm that the proposed location is suitable for easy access by laypersons and as far as practicable, free from obvious risks. Appropriate signage must remain in place.
6.2 Each CPAD site will have a designated ‘Custodian’ selected and trained by AEDdonate who will be responsible for checking the Cabinet and Defibrillator equipment weekly to ensure its constant state of readiness.
6.3 The Custodian will carry out visual checks of the AED to ensure the rescue service indicator found on the front of the device is operational. In the event of any issues, then the Custodian will inform AEDdonate. Then AEDdonate will inform local Ambulance Services that the CPAD site is “off line” immediately. This will also apply in the event of the AED being unavailable for any other reason i.e. theft, damaged or mislaid AED.
Once the AED is made available for use again then the Custodian will contact AEDdonate and inform them that they are back on line.
AEDdonate Contact Details: 01785 472224 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
6.4 The custodian will liaise with AEDdonate for the restocking of consumables for the defibrillator.
6.5 Local Ambulance Service will approve the type of external cabinet and Defibrillator contained within prior to the site going live. If the cabinet is delivered with a code number for the locked door it will be supplied to the local Ambulance Service at the earliest possible opportunity.
6.6 Following installation of the external cabinet and Defibrillator and a nominated custodian in place, local Ambulance Service will inform the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) of the location details of the scheme and a code for the external cabinet. Once the local Ambulance Service confirms this registration with AED Donate the site will be deemed live.