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AED Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I apply to become a participant in the Delaware Early Defibrillation Program?

A: Fill out the application form and potential unit form which can be downloaded off this website and send them to: Office of Emergency Medical Services, DHCI, 100 Sunnyside Rd., Smyrna DE 19977.

Q: Why do I have to fill out a potential unit form?

A: This form is used to prioritize the distribution of AEDs. Its content is based on the National Public Access Defibrillation Study.

Q: What are the requirements to become a participant in the Delaware Early Defibrillation Program?

A: Basic requirements include: appoint an Agency AED Coordinator and have a trained first response team.

Q: If I purchase my own AED, can I purchase any type I want?

A: No, any AED for use in the State of Delaware must be the semi-automatic type which requires the action of an operator to deliver a shock. Fully automatic AEDs are not authorized for use in Delaware.

Q: How do I apply to receive a free AED through the Emergency Medical Services Office (OEMS)?

A: Your agency can apply by filling out the appropriate application and potential unit form and mailing them to the OEMS. Your agency's request will be prioritized according to the results of the National Public Access Defibrillation study.

Q: How long is the waiting time to receive an AED from the OEMS?

A: Depending on the information submitted on the potential unit form, an agency can expect to wait up to one to three months.

Q: How do I acquire CPR/AED training for my staff or response team and will the OEMS assist with funding for training?

A: If your staff or response team requires initial CPR/AED training, the OEMS will fund the training. The cost of recertification training, which is normally every two years, is the responsibility of the agency.

Q: What CPR/AED training curriculums are recognized by the OEMS?

A:The OEMS recognizes the following CPR/AED training curriculums:

Q: If I do qualify for an AED issued by the OEMS, who is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the unit?

A: Once an agency takes possession of an AED issued by the OEMS that agency is solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the unit and this includes the replacement of any consumables such as batteries and defibrillation pads.

For more information, please contact the program office.



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