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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   April 30, 2007, Vol. 96, No. 25   prev   next   current

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Program placed automated external defibrillator (AED) units on campus

Princeton NJ — In 2000, the University established a program placing automated external defibrillator (AED) units on campus to assist people who suffer cardiac arrest. The AED units have been used five times since 2000, including an incident this March in which two Firestone Library security officers deployed one of the units to help save another library employee.

• The program began with four AED units that were carried in public safety patrol cars and now has expanded to include 22 units in high-traffic and other locations.

• Currently, five units are carried in public safety patrol cars, three are located in the McCosh Health Center and one is placed in each of these locations: Firestone Library, the art museum, the Frist Campus Center and the cogeneration plant.

• The Department of Athletics oversees 10 units, including two each in Dillon and Jadwin gymnasiums and one each in DeNunzio Pool and the Lake Carnegie boathouse. Four are carried by trainers for sports such as football, lacrosse, hockey, soccer and cross country in which there is more risk of physical contact or overexertion.

• The AED units are intended to be easy to identify and use. They are bright yellow, small and lightweight — roughly the size of a large book. Those in buildings are mounted on walls in white cabinets.

• While the units are placed in locations that are accessible to those trained in first aid and CPR — including public safety officers, security guards, coaches and athletic trainers — they are intended to be used by anyone in an emergency. “The units are simple enough that anyone could grab one in an emergency and follow along with the written instructions and pictograms that help people interpret where the pads would be placed,” said Greg Cantrell, safety engineer in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, who administers the AED program.

• Training in first aid, CPR and AED use is available on campus. For information on training opportunities and more details on the AED program, visit

Source: Office of Environmental Health and Safety


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