PatrickDonnelly, RN, MS, CCRN, Resuscitation Services manager, PerformanceImprovement, and Obi Ubah, Biomed Tech, Clinical Engineering, holding one of PAH’s 8 AEDs.
Thispast October, three new, additional Zoll AED-Pro Defibrillators were placed intoservice at PAH, bringing the campus total up to eight. The new locationsinclude:
- Elm Garden Cafeteria, in the far left-hand corner by the telephone and glass-encased hanging quilt.
- Hall Mercer Lobby, along the hallway immediately past the Security Officer’s desk and across from elevators;
- Spruce Building Lobby, inside the Spruce Street entrance on the left before the Outpatient Pharmacy.
There arefive other automated external defibrillatorsready for use in and around PAH:
- 1Pine West, Administration
- PrestonLobby, across from the Welcome Desk
- HarteMemorial (Human Resources) Lobby
- CathcartBuilding Sub-Basement outside of the Locker Rooms
- Theeighth unit is located off campus in the Department of Neurosurgery at 8thand Locust Streets.
A triangularsign posted above the cabinet marks each AED location. Each AED device is stored in an alarmed metal cabinet which willautomatically sound when you open the door. When the AED is needed,“responders” are to simply remove the AED from the cabinet and close the doorto disarm the alarm.
Just look forone of these signs in and around the PAH campus to find a life saving defibrillator.
“The hospital has Code and Rapid Response Teams whoare equipped with additional information regarding the operation of theHospital AEDs and special features they can utilize,” said,
PatrickJ. Donnelly, RN, MS, CCRN, Resuscitation Services manager.“Yet anyone who has undergone basic CPR training can operate an AED deviceand possibly save a life.The most important thing any respondershould do first is call for help – either extension 5050 within the hospital or911 – then remove the device from the cabinet, close the door and returnto the victim. Once back at the victim’s side, unzip the nylon case, powerup the device using the green ‘On/Off’ button and follow the audio prompts,”explains Donnelly.
Still not confident you can save a life? Formore information about how to use an AED, contact Patrick Donnelly inResuscitation Services at 215.829.5815 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To be trained in AED use, contactyour local American Heart Association http://www.heart.org/.
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