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An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is used to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Currently the survival rate for sudden cardiac conditions is very poor, typically 1% but if an AED is used promptly, the victims chances of survival can increase significantly, e.g. if an AED is used within five minutes the victim has a 50% chance of survival.
There are over 180 staff in NUI Galway trained to use AEDs. This includes all Occupational First Aiders and staff in the Student Health Unit and the
Heads of Units must ensure that adequate local arrangements are in place to ensure a prompt response to a cardiac emergency as part of their Occupational First Aid arrangements. A Local Cardiac Arrest Response Plan should be prepared.
All members of the NUI Galway Community should familiarise themselves with:
- the locations of the AEDs and
- who are the trained NUI Galway personnel that should be contacted in the event of coming across an unconscious person.
As a further measure a telephone is beside most AEDs, which can be used to get help or rung to get a by-stander to bring the AED to a casualty. The relevant extensions are listed below. Please print off the attached lists of AED trained personnel for the AED(s) nearest you to be ready in the event of a local emergency
Locations and further information:-
1 Áras na Mac Léinn Main Foyer 5100 2 Áras Moyola Main Foyer 5200 3 James Hardiman Library Behind Steward's Desk 5340 4 Engineering Building - North Campus Riverside Reception Ground Floor tbc 5 Sports Pavilion Dangan Reception Area 2944 6 NCBES, Orbsen Building 1st Floor, Adjacent to Reception 5900 7 CSI, Entrance Level Adjacent to Main Restaurant 5500 8 Insight, Dangan 1st Floor Meeting Room Corridor 5300 9 Sports Complex Kingfisher Main Reception 540300 10 Sports Complex Kingfisher First Aid Room 540300 11 Quadrangle Archway 3543 14 Concourse BOI end Outside O'Flaherty Theatre 2800 15 Cairnes Building St Anthony's side of Friar's 5693 16 LifeCourse Science Institute North Campus tbc 17 Biomedical Sciences North Campus 5638 18 CIMRU Nuns Island 2195 19 Carna tbc tbc 20 An Cheathrú Rua Reception Area 595101
AEDs are also on the NUI Galway Park and Ride buses.
Staff are reminded that they need to be aware of what to do in the event of any university first aid situations or emergencies:-
* Do you know the names and contact details of the nearest first
aiders? See list of Occupational First Aiders
* Do you know the names and contact details of the nearest AED
Responders (See lists above).
* Do you know how to make an 999/112 emergency phone call -
See Emergency Information and RED Card (PHECC).
* A 999/112 call requesting a "cardiac ambulance" should be made
where you come across any unconscious casualty.
The Universitys' AED Policy was updated in December 2012.