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Automated Defibrillators Being Installed in UW Buildings

July 25, 2008

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are being installed at 14 locations on the University of Wyoming campus as part of UW's campus safety initiatives.

The instruments being installed are the easy-to-use Philips HeartStart Onsite Defibrillators "School Package."

Powered by a disposable battery, these units are specifically designed for use by the public in schools, colleges and universities. As long as the green "ready" light is blinking, individuals are assured the AEDs are ready for use. Instructions are included with each unit, and when removed from the wall mount, an alarm is triggered to alert individuals in the area that there is an emergency situation.

Mark Collins, UW associate vice president for administration, says training workshops will be scheduled in coming weeks and announced to provide ample opportunities for individuals to receive training on the use of the AED.

AEDs already have been installed in the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, the Ivinson and Anthropology buildings, Classroom Building and Wyoming Hall. Installation is scheduled soon in Coe Library, Washakie Center, Fine Arts Building, Wyoming Technology Business Center, American Heritage Center, the Wyoming Union, the UW Office Annex and the UW Conference Center.

A demonstration on the use of the AEDs can be viewed on Philips' Web site: www.medical.philips.com/main/products/resuscitation/products/onsite/onsite_demo.asp

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Preparing for Emergencies -- Lonnie Walker installs an emergency defibrillator in the lobby of the Anthropology Building. Automated External Defibrillators are being installed at 14 locations on the University of Wyoming campus as part of UW's campus safety initiatives. (UW Photo)


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