The University of Texas System (the UT System) has an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program. The program includes stationing an AED within each System Administration Complex Building, the Bauer House, West Texas Operations, the UT System Police Academy and the Office of Federal Relations in Washington, D.C.; specialized training for responders in First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and AED operation; and inspection and maintenance procedures for AED devices.
What is an AED and how does it work?
An AED is an electronic device which automatically delivers an electronic shock to restore normal heart rhythm. AEDs have dramatically increased the survival rate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) victims. AEDs are very simple to use.
Who can use an AED?
UT System guards and certain Office of Risk Management (ORM) staff are required to respond to medical emergencies. While ORM encourages all employees to be trained in the use of an AED, this training does not obligate them to respond. Only trained responders should use an AED.
How common is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)?
SCA is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The American Heart Association estimates that at least 250,000 people suffer from SCA each year. the median age of victims is 65 but it can affect all ages.
Why are AEDs important in the workplace?
For every minute that passes without defibrillation of a heart in ventricular fibrillation, a victim's chance of survival decreases 7-10%. Therefore, the faster the response time, the greater the victim's chance of survival. The UT System AED Response Program enables trained employees to respond to a medical emergency that requires defibrillation.
ORM offers free CPR/AED and First Aid training throughout the year.Your Department Safety Liaison will notify you when these classes are offered. This training provides a certification in basic adult CPR/AED and First Aid through the National Safety Council.
For questions or comments regarding the CPR/First Aid/AED Programs, contact Risk Control at 512.499.4661.