Health Services Raise AED Awareness on Campus

The Department of Health Services and Wellness is raising awareness regarding the locations of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout campus.

The department has advised students, faculty and staff that the knowledge of the location of these vitally important devices could potentially save lives. Many people on campus may be uninformed of the lifesaving abilities of AEDs and even where they can be found.

An AED is a portable device that checks the hearts rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. Generally, it is used to treat an individual who is suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest.

The Fire and Safety Committee, which shares potentially life-saving tips with the WCC community via monthly campus-wide emails, recently shared a list of all AED locations on campus which can be obtained in room 181 of the Student Center.

“The AED is a device used in emergency situations when for some reason the heart has gone into a dangerous rhythm which is incompatible with life,” said Health and Wellness Coordinator Janice Gilroy, who also chairs the Fire and Safety Committee. “The AED attempts to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm.”

Gilroy stressed the importance of having AEDs readily available, as they greatly increase chances of survival.

“A recent study revealed that the chances of survival nearly triple if a shock from a defibrillator is delivered within eight minutes,” Gilroy said. “Another study revealed that bystanders performing CPR and using AED’s save as many cardiac arrest victims as highly trained paramedics and send more of them home from the hospital with normal brain function.”

The committee advises and encourages students who are interested in learning more about AEDs to contact Janice Gilroy or Matt Cataldo of the EMS Department. Students being accustomed to how a AED works can potentially save a life.

 

Edited by Sam N 4/14, 2:20pm

Edited by Dana H. on 4/16 @12.19pm

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