by Mike Froio, BSU Police
Professionals from the Student Affairs division participated in a training opportunity about BSU’s Public Access Defribrillation Program. This informational post describes a bit about the program.
The Bridgewater State University Police Department has started a campus wide Public Access Defibrillation Program (PAD) and has installed Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) at various building locations throughout the campus. An AED is an easy-to-use, automated device which delivers a lifesaving electric shock to the heart to halt rapid and chaotic heart activity, commonly known as sudden cardiac arrest, and restores normal heart rhythm. As part of the PAD Program, the BSU Police Department has started and will continue training the community in CPR & use of the AED. This Heartsaver AED Course teaches CPR and AED use as well as relief of choking in adults, children, and infants.
The BSU Police Department’s PAD Program has one main goal: to save lives through early defibrillation. Towards that end, the program aims to make AEDs as accessible throughout our community as fire extinguishers. Why have we ventured into Public Access Defibrillation Programs?
According to recent studies:
- More than 460,000 Americans die each year from sudden cardiac arrest.
- Sudden cardiac arrest is a major unsolved public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States.
- The most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest is ventricular fibrillation – when the heart’s electrical impulses become irregular and the heart is unable to pump oxygen rich blood throughout the body.
- A person who suffers sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital has a five percent chance of surviving.
- Clinical studies have shown the survival rate increases to 30 to 70 percent when an automated external defibrillator is available and used on a victim within 3 minutes from the onset of a cardiac arrest.