AEDS - Automated External Defibrillators
Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are available at a number of locations on the Mary Immaculate College campus. The AED will make early defibrillation available to employees, students, visitors, contractors etc who experience sudden cardiac arrest. The AED can only be used by trained personnel.
A list of the AED Response Team and their contact details are available at the following link:
List of Trained (AED) Staff
They are also available at each of the defibrillator locations and on the health & safety notice board. A List of Defibrillator Locations are available at the following link:
List of Defibrillator Locations
What is an AED
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is used to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Defibrillators - also known as “Automatic External Defibrillator” (AED) - are used to administer an electric shock to a person who is having a cardiac arrest.
A practical demonstration of the Powerheart G3 AED Plus Automatic showing the operation of the defibrillator can be viewed Here .
How Does it Work
Two pads connected to the defibrillator are placed on the patient’s chest. The defibrillator analyses the patient’s heart rhythm and determines if a shock is required to save the victim. The AED must only be applied to victims who are unconscious, without a pulse, and not breathing. The AED will analyse the heart rhythm and advise the operator if a shockable rhythm is detected.
Currently there are 40 Mary Immaculate College employees who have successfully completed the defibrillator training programme. CPR/AED training courses are provided at regular intervals to employees who express an interest in becoming a member of the “AED Response Team” by a certified training instructor. Refresher training shall be provided to all members of the team on a regular basis.