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CGTC Celebrates National CPR/AED Week

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States—and most especially in the South. Additionally, Congress has designated the first week of June as the inaugural National CPR and AED Awareness Week in hopes of increasing awareness of lifesaving skills in the general public. With this in mind, Central Georgia Technical College will be installing twenty-one Automated External Defibrillators (AED) across its campuses and centers. An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac activity in a patient and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which allows the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. Anyone can use the AED as it is truly automated. Each step is directed by a voice recording that is emitted from the machine. Illustrations accompany the voice instructions on the machine to further demonstrate the steps. Each AED also includes tools like a razor, scissors, gloves and more. All faculty and staff will be trained on how to use the AED by the end of 2009.

Health Technology Department Head Terry Wilkins demonstrates the AED to Polysomnographic Instructor Mark Parish and EMS Adjunct Instructor Tommy Smith.

Submitted by Rebecca Ledford
June 2, 2009


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