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September 2, 2010


envelopeWhy no AED in Craig Hall?

To the editor:

Why are there NO AEDs (automated external defibrillators) listed in Craig Hall? (See July 22 University Times.)

We have the University’s Human Resources and Payroll departments in Craig Hall, where a lot of older adults come to get explanation of benefits and ask payroll-related questions.

We are also at the boundary of the University, thereby making the extra time it might take a patrol car to reach us of a CRITICAL nature.

Michael A. Mathis

Payroll Department

Jay Frerotte, director, Department of Environmental Health and Safety, replies:

Thank you for your input regarding automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) on the Oakland campus. The presence of AEDs in each University of Pittsburgh Police vehicle on the Oakland campus provides our faculty, staff and students with an excellent level of access to these devices. This was recently illustrated by the successful resuscitation of several persons on campus, as reported in the University Times earlier this year. The University Police respond to all portions of our campus within minutes, and they receive frequent and current training regarding AEDs and other first aid tactics. This access to first aid via 412/624-2121 (the Oakland campus emergency number) is augmented by the presence of AEDs in numerous buildings across campus. Each year additional AEDs are procured by departments, responsibility centers or the central administration, and are added to the University’s AED inventory, which currently has more than 70 AEDs. Departments or responsibility centers seeking to add an AED to their site are urged to consult with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 412/624-9505 prior to purchase.


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