Western Kentucky University

WKU Health Services : AED Program

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WKU Automatic External Defibrillator Program

AED Educational Video

General

Heart disease is a significant health problem that, according to the American Heart Association, affects nearly 8 percent of all Americans and results in nearly 350,000 deaths each year. While several electrical abnormalities can result in sudden cardiac arrest, the majority begin with ventricular fibrillation. Rapid treatment of ventricular fibrillation, through the application of a controlled electrical shock, is essential to the victim's survival. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) recommends placement, when practical, of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in sufficient workplace locations to allow initiation of resuscitation and use of the AED (the so-called "drop to shock" interval) within 5 minutes of recognized cardiac arrest. The WKU AED Program is established to provide the availability of early defibrillation to victims of cardiac emergencies.

Purpose

To organize the efforts across the WKU Campus Community and to ensure that the WKU AED Program satisfies Kentucky State laws pertaining to AED use.To learn more about our campus AED Program please click here.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is an AED?
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmia of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. (Wikipedia)
Why is WKU installing AEDs?
The WKU AED Program is established to provide the availability of early defibrillation to victims of cardiac emergencies. Heart disease is a significant health problem that, according to the American Heart Association, affects nearly 8% of all Americans and results in nearly 350,000 deaths each year. While several electrical abnormalities can result in sudden cardiac arrest, the majority begin with ventricular fibrillation. Rapid treatment of ventricular fibrillation, through the application of a controlled electrical shock, is essential to the victim's survival. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) recommends placement, when practical, of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in sufficient workplace locations to allow initiation of resuscitation and use of the AED (the so-called "drop to shock" interval) within 5 minutes of recognized cardiac arrest.
Who is paying for the AEDs?
The initial funding for this project was provided by WKU Health Services and Housing & Residence Life.
When will AEDs be installed in my building?
The following locations already have an AED: click here for list of campus AED locations.
How can I receive AED training?
Contact Angie Drexler, CPR Training Coordinator at (270) 745-3762

Additional Links

American Heart Association
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

American Red Cross
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (Federal Occupational Health)

To learn more about AEDs and how to properly use this life saving device, please view the Lifeline AED Downloads.

 Last Modified 7/22/13