Contract for AEDs

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

June 26, 2006

Fairfax County Awards Contract for AEDs
Recent Save Demonstrates Value of Units

Fairfax County has begun a public access defibrillation program in which Automated External Defibrillators, also known as AEDs, are being installed in both county government and Fairfax County Public Schools facilities. The program includes the installation of 137 AEDs at county facilities and 580 AEDs at school facilities. The 717 units, including spare units, will be placed at county and school locations. The county’s Risk Management Division is partnering with Fairfax County Public Schools in launching this program during the next several weeks.

The county and schools have entered into a contract with Network Medical Systems to implement the AED program. Network Medical Systems Inc., the primary contractor and facilitator, has teamed with Phillips Medical Systems, an FDA-approved manufacturer of AEDs. Network Medical and Phillips have agreed to donate 94 units to the county and the county has agreed to purchase 623 units, including signage, wall cabinets, installation, training and program management (post-incident reporting, physician supervision, development of policies and procedures, site assessment and equipment maintenance).

The new program follows a successful pilot program introduced in FY 2002 during which 82 units were placed at county facilities. In addition, approximately 25 AED units are available at Fairfax County Public School sites. Since 2002, four lives have been saved with the AEDs; two at Park Authority Recreation Centers and two at the Fairfax County Government Center, the most recent of which occurred during Celebrate Fairfax! on June 10. A man visiting the festival suffered sudden cardiac arrest in the lobby of the Government Center. Because of the actions of several Fire and Rescue Department members and Stephen Wells, a county employee with the Department of Information Technology, the patient was successfully resuscitated with CPR along with an AED. Wells’ quick thinking played a major role in the outcome. He recognized the significance of this event, retrieved the AED near the lobby elevators, and assisted with its deployment.

The new AEDs will be placed at additional public facilities beginning as early as July 1. All locations will be equipped with new AEDs by January 2007. For information on the county AED program, contact Teri Flynn, Fairfax County risk manager, or Linda Buczek, Fairfax County health and safety coordinator, at 703-324-3040, TTY 711. For information on the school program, contact Jon Almquist at 571-423-1264, TTY 711.

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