Photo: More defibrillators on campus
Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010 9:52 am
WCP 8.31.10 The University of Tennessee at Martin is continuing to supplement the number of Automated External Defibrillators, first used on campus 10 years ago, and is gearing up for additional training for faculty, staff and students to teach them how to use the life-saving units. The American Red Cross defines defibrillation as “an electrical shock that may help the heart resume an effective rhythm for a person in cardiac arrest.” In cases of cardiac arrest, the Red Cross reported that AEDs have proven more effective in saving lives than cardio-pulmonary resuscitation alone. UT Martin installed additional AEDs on campus in February and March and recently purchased more, bringing the total number of units to 39. They are placed throughout campus in clearly-marked locations. Currently, there are 57 faculty and staff members on campus and 42 students employed by the Office of Campus Recreation trained to use the AEDs. Charlie Rayburn, left, associate professor of health and human performance, recertifies Eric Phillips, center, of Dresden, and Kevin Harris, of Martin, in the operation of an AED, along with cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and first aid.