Approximately 300,000 people will die from sudden cardiac arrest in the United
States this year. Experts agree that, along with calling 9-1-1, the most
effective treatment for this unexpected event is the application of a
defibrillator as soon as possible.
Advances in technology have developed a simple and reliable machine that can be
applied and discharged under appropriate conditions with minimal training – the
Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Today’s machines assist non-medical
personnel through the safe application of adhesive pads to the discharge of
potentially lifesaving electricity with clear voice commands.
The School has placed several defibrillators throughout the campus in strategic
locations to reduce the time it takes to reach an unconscious victim.
Defibrillators are located within unlocked white wall cabinets. Each machine has
an accessory bag attached that contains additional supplies necessary for the
event. The bag contains gloves, a pocket mask if respirations are delivered, a
razor, a large paper towel to dry a patient off along with some hand wipes and a
medical waste bag.
While it is preferred that personnel trained in CPR/AED operate the unit,
untrained personnel are not prohibited from using this technology. The 9-1-1
operator will be aware of the AED (they are all registered with the State) and
available to walk untrained users through the process. They will also likely
instruct untrained rescuers to deliver CPR until emergency crews arrive if the
AED is unsuccessful in reviving the patient.
By familiarizing yourselves with the location and operation of the AED, as well
as learning CPR and other vital life saving techniques, we can continue to
provide a safe community for our residents, guests and visitors. If you or your
department would like additional training in the use of these AED’s, contact the
Safety and Security Department for help. We are fortunate to have training units
which allow us to perform real-life training and relieve the anxiety of what to
do during these rare events.