The centralized campus Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program is being enhanced and moving towards a model that will make these devices publicly accessible.
Over the next couple of weeks, AEDs will be installed in a number of publicly accessible spaces across UBC Okanagan. The portable AEDs are located in white cabinets that are clearly marked.
An AED is a portable unit that provides a life-saving shock to a person in sudden cardiac arrest. Once applied, the AED analyzes a patient’s heart activity and determines if a lifesaving shock is required. The AED is a ‘no-harm’ device and cannot deliver a shock unless the person is in cardiac arrest.
This shift to publicly accessible AEDs is in line with industry best practices and recommendations by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Public AEDs will soon be available in the following location:
- Gym foyer
- Upper Campus Health foyer
- Library foyer
- Arts hallways (2)
- Campus Administration foyer
- Commons foyer
- FIPKE foyer
- EME foyer