Worcester State University
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Automated External Defibrillators (AED)

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a serious condition that occurs when the heart malfunctions causing a disturbance in the heart’s electrical rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF).  The most effective immediate treatment for this condition may be an administration of an electrical current to the heart by a defibrillator.

As part of the college’s overall initiative in emergency response, Worcester State University has placed several Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the campus within publicly accessible alarmed cabinets.  These AEDs are similar to ones installed in airports, malls, schools and other public locations throughout the country.

AEDs are installed in the following locations: 

     •   Administration - Lobby / left side and 3rd floor
     •   Dowden Hall - Lobby and Fitness Center, lower level
     •   Gymnasium – Left of Health Services (Building to be offline June of 2013)
     •   Learning Resource Center – 1st and 2nd and 3rd floors by the elevator 
     •   Modular Building - Straight in front of you upon entering building.
     •   Science & Technology Building – 1st and 3rd floor by the elevator 
     •   Student Center – Across from Information Desk 
     •   Sullivan – 1st and 3rd floors near central restrooms 
     •   Wasylean Hall – 1st floor near the ISO desk (lobby)
     •   All 3 Police Department vehicles

An AED is used in conjunction with Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to treat victims who experience SCA, in accordance with accepted protocols, including those developed by the American Red Cross and American Heart Association. It is only to be applied to victims who are unconscious, without pulse, and without signs of circulation and normal breathing. The AED will automatically analyze the heart rhythm and advise the operator if a shockable rhythm is detected. If a shockable rhythm is detected, the AED will charge to the appropriate energy level and advise the operator to deliver a shock.  If you have any questions, please call 508-929-8911.


     •   Demonstration video covering the operation and use of the  
         Defibtech Lifeline AED, click here. (Windows Media) Run time is 10 minutes


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