.111 Legislation signed in 1998 created the Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program in New York State. This program permits trained but unlicensed individuals to respond to sudden cardiac arrests. Additionally, an amendment to the Public Buildings Law requires all public buildings in New York State to be equipped with on-site cardiac-automated external defibrillators (AED).
.112 An AED operator must know how to recognize the signs of a sudden cardiac arrest, when to activate the EMS system, and how to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Volunteers are required to attend a training class approved by the American Heart Association or other training provider approved by the NYS Department of Health.
.113 EHS nurses are certified to conduct American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR and AED certification courses and first aid classes.
.114 LocationóClasses are taught at agency work sites throughout New York State. All agencies will be charged a fee for this service.