The NSLS has purchased four LifePak
500 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). These devices have been installed in:
Why is it important to have AEDs in a facility such as ours?
Even though BNL is fortunate enough to have Emergency Services ambulance crews that rapidly respond to medical emergency calls, there is still some lag time between a sudden cardiac arrest event, the emergency telephone call and the arrival of the ambulance crew. For every minute after a cardiac arrest, there is a 10% decrease in the victim’s chances of survival. The sooner personnel can administer aid to the victim in the form of CPR and the use of an AED, if necessary, the better are the chances of survival. Here is some additional information that may help your understanding:
Only trained people should use the AEDs. A number of NSLS personnel are currently trained to utilize the AED equipment. If you also wish to receive training in CPR and AED use, please contact Mary Anne Corwin, the NSLS Training Coordinator, at x2295.
As with all medical emergencies, the first thing to do is to immediately have someone contact Emergency Services at x2222 or 911 for medical assistance, and then call x2550 to inform staff in the NSLS Control Room. At that point, if circumstances permit and you are trained, you may choose to administer CPR and use the AED, if necessary. You should be aware that if you provide CPR and use an AED in an emergency, you are covered by the Good Samaritan protections:
Your participation in the training program is voluntary and does not commit you to an emergency response function within the organization. On the other hand, all of us may feel better knowing that there are many among us who could utilize this life-saving device during a medical emergency.
These AEDs will be maintained by BNL Emergency Services. If the AED is missing or appears damaged, please call Nick Gmür as soon as possible at x2490.
What comes with the AED?
The AED training course informed us that different AED kits come with different supplies. Our four AEDs include an instruction card, two (2) sets of adult electrode pads, two (2) pairs of gloves, scissors, a razor, an Ambu Res-Cue Mask™ and instructions for the mask.