Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
This quarter, WWU installed 15 additional Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) on its Bellingham campus. These devices are invaluable in the event of sudden cardiac arrest and are designed to be used by bystanders and others with minimal training. According to the American Heart Association:
- 400,000 people die every year in the US from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
- Shocking the heart into a normal rhythm is called defibrillation and is the only effective treatment for SCA. For the best chance of survival, a shock should be administered within 5 minutes. Without defibrillation in the first 10 minutes, the majority of victims do not survive.
- Survival rates are over 60% where AEDs are readily available. The national average survival rate from SCA is only 4%.
- Increased access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year.
For a list of AED locations on Western’s campus, click here. It is also important to remember that the AED cabinets are alarmed and will emit a loud audible and visual signal when opened. For free (to Western employees) training in CPR, AED use, and First Aid, contact EHS at x3064 or visit the Training and Development web site.