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Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) and First Aid Kits

An Automatic external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that analyzes the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, allows a rescuer to deliver an electric shock to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. The shock, called defibrillation, may halt the rapid and chaotic heart activity of sudden cardiac arrest, and help the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm of its own. As part of the HQ emergency management program, Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) have been placed in the galleys (vending machine area) on the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th floors of the Headquarters building. These AEDs are in addition to those that the Health Unit and Security personnel carry when responding to medical emergencies in the building, and the one in the Fitness Center. Only individuals who are trained in CPR/AED may use the AEDs. The AEDs located in the galleys are alarmed and hooked up to the 24-hour security alarm system, so that the Security Office will be alerted when one is used.

In addition, first aid kits have been installed in the galleys on floors 2-9, in the Vending Room on the Concourse level, and the Visitor's Center in the West Lobby. These have been staged for use in the event of a building-wide emergency, if the HQ Medical Response Team (MRT) is unable to reach and assist injured employees. The kits are for emergency use only and employees should not tamper with them. Employees should seek medical attention in the Health Unit during normal operations.

All employees are encouraged to get trained in CPR/AED and First Aid. Learning these skills is beneficial both on and off the job. Classes are available free of charge at NASA HQ . Check http://ohrcoursecatalog.gsfc.nasa.gov/search/search.cfm?search=2&category=26 for the HQ training schedule.

Employees who would like to volunteer to assist the medical staff during a building-wide emergency, should contact Angela Stowes, 358-1239 or Christopher Warren at 358-1751.
For more information on the AED program, contact Beverly Vaugh, R.N., 358-2600, or Christopher Warren, 358-1751.


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