Published: August 16, 2005
The University of Tampa has initiated steps to increase chances of surviving
a sudden cardiac arrest, or SCA, by placing seven automated external
defibrillators on campus.
SCA claims the lives of at least 250,000 people
each year. The only known treatment for SCA is the use of a defibrillator, which
uses a shock to stop the abnormal heart rhythm and allow the heart to return to
a more normal beating pattern. Survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest are
increased when defibrillation is delayed ten minutes or more.
is to protect the lives of our students, employees and guests,” said Stephanie
Russell Holz, chair of the AED Core Response Team.
Unlike modes of
defibrillators intended for use by health care professionals, automated external
defibrillators, or AEDs, do not require extensive medical knowledge to
understand or operate. The expertise needed to analyze the heart’s electrical
function is programmed into the device, enabling ordinary people to provide
treatment to victims of SCA. A half-day training session covering both AEDS and
cardiopulmonary resuscitation is all that is necessary to learn how to use the
The LIFEPAK CR Plus AED, manufactured by Medtronic, provides
clear voice prompts that instruct the user through each step of the
defibrillation process. It analyzes the heart’s rhythm and determines if a shock
should be delivered. Once comfortable with procedures for emergency response,
lay responders need only to listen and follow the directions provided by the AED
device until advanced medical assistance arrives.
For more information on
sudden cardiac arrest or automated external defibrillations, visit
Faculty and staff have participated in training
sessions, and more are planned. AEDs on the UT campus are in Plant Hall under
the first-floor stairwell, the Vaughn Center lobby by the ATM, Martinez Sports
Center lobby, McNiff Fitness Center front desk, intramural athletic field,
Safety and Security Office, and in the office alcove by the campus swimming
pool. The Safety and Security and intramural field AEDs are mobile
For additional information on UT’s First Responder Care Program,
contact Stephanie Russell Holz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 253-3333, x 3389.