Going to school on heart safety

We’re hearing from more and more colleges and universities interested in equipping their campuses with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and implementing a Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program. And, when you think about it, it makes sense that colleges would be pro-active about heart safety.

High population density makes it likely that someone — a student, a staff member, or a visitor — will suffer sudden cardiac arrest while on campus. At the same time, technology awareness in the college community and related research facilities means that people know there’s a way to reduce risk by having AEDs readily available.

This summer Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va, purchased 16 AEDs from us fortheir new PAD program. They’re using our Powerheart AED G3 Plus defibrillators with Rescue Coach, which provides voice prompts to guide users step-by-step through the rescue process. In addition to defibrillators, the program at Washington and Lee includes training in CPR and AED use for staff and students, and coordination with local emergency medical services.

According to the American Heart Association, the likelihood of a person’s survival after sudden cardiac arrest drops by 7 to 10 percent for every minute that goes by without CPR or defibrillation. W & L is joining a growing number of colleges and universities determined to lower the rate of death from sudden cardiac arrest by making treatment available in those crucial minutes after SCA occurs.