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How to us our Onsite Defibrillator

Here at RPUCC we have a Philips Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This is located in the wall directly across from the coat room.

An automated external defibrillator is a medical device designed to analyze the heart rhythm of a person experiencing a cardiac arrest. When appropriate, it delivers an electrical shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm.

The Philips AED is easy to use and directs the responder for each of the steps. Always call 911 first, before using the AED or administering CPR.

The AED determines if the person needs an electric shock and will administer one if they do. Please watch the YouTube video on the use of the Philip’s AED.

Three important facts that you should know about AED’s.

  • AED’s are easy to use.

  • AEDs can be used on adults, children and infants.

  • AED usage within the first three minutes of sudden cardiac arrest (heart attacks) can increase survival rates over 80%.

In it’s 2022 report, the American Heart Association stated that cardiac arrest remains a public health crisis. There are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually in the U.S. That is nearly 1,000 people each day.

What you can do.

Recognizing the 5 major signs and symptoms of a heart attack. You could save a life.

  1. Dizziness, light-headedness

  2. Nausea, indigestion or vomiting

  3. Shortness of breath

  4. Sweating

  5. Pain in the chest, “an elephant sitting on my chest”

Women also display these subtle symptoms along with those listed above.

  1. Pain in a woman’s arms, shoulders, back, neck, jaw or even in the upper stomach area.

  2. Felling like your heart is racing or skipping a beat when at rest.

  3. Feeling flu like suddenly.

  4. Sudden exhaustion


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