Purchase Of AEDs Approved
The Wetzel County Commissioners approved the purchase of four Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) that will go in three county buildings.
Raymond Renaud approached the commissioners at their regularly scheduled meeting held on Tuesday, June 30, in the commissioners office. Renaud, who is an EMT, presented the commissioners with a few options and the best route to take. The lowest cost presented was $4,432. 40, though Renaud stated that the best option would be the ZOLL AED s Pluses for a cost of $5,455.84.
The AEDs will be placed in the Mollohan Center, two in the courthouse and one will be placed in the commission office.
“This model of the ZOLL AED is the one most commonly used in Wetzel County. We have trainers and evaluation software for these AEDs and they provide depth and rate feedback while being used,” Renaud said.
Renaud went on to say that with the purchase of this AED will include a five year warranty, documentation, wall cabinet, adult and infant/child pads as well as signage.
The regulatory requirements for implementing AEDs in West Virginia include provide training for users, register program with EMS, publish locations of AEDs, appoint a physician medical director to oversee program and maintain an AED according to manufacturer’s guidelines and keep written records for same.
Renaud stated that the annual cost for the AEDs, which includes batteries, replacement pads and teaching supplies comes to roughly $434.95.
“There are two levels of training that would be applicable. Family and Friends training has no cost associated with it. Some of the people should be trained to the higher Heartsaver level. There is a $5 card fee for each individual that takes the Heartsavers Course. Optionally, book and barriers can be purchased to give to students,” Renaud said.
Renaud went on to say that he has enough manikins and a ZOLL AED trainer. Four additional trainers can be purchased for $541.76.