All AED units are enclosed in white metal and glass enclosures that have either a hard wired alarm to Security or a local alram when opened. The devices are designed to automatically provide a calibrated electric shock to a person experiencing cardiac arrest due to an abnormal heart rhythm.
The units are very simple to operate and will not provide a shock if the sensors detect a heartbeat. However, the AED user must know CPR because the unit will instruct the operator to perform CPR if the unit determines that an electrical shock is not the correct treatment. This is why AED use is limited to individuals who are trained in CPR and maintain current certification.
All site personnel are asked to take some time to notice the location of the AEDs in the lobbies or on your floor. You may be requested by a CPR provider to retrieve the unit. While there are no locks on the doors, there is an alarm which will sound if they are opened. If you should find one of these units in alarm, call the emergency line at x5555 immediately.
AEDs are being installed in public places, but the need for adequate training is also very important. Personnel interested in learning to use an AED should contact their local fire departments or large hospital for more training information. The addition of AEDs is another form of technology that will offer anyone needing this treatment a much better chance of survival.
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