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Basic Life Support (BLS) program has expanded the hospital's Automated
External Defibrillator (AED) Program with the installation of 14
new Automated External Defibrillators. This brings the total up
to 20 AEDs that are placed across the hospital
The AEDs are placed in outpatient clinical and administrative areas
where the code team cannot quickly respond or in buildings, like
21 Autumn, that are only covered by 911.
The devices are designed to restart the natural heart rhythm of
someone who has gone into cardiac arrest. They are fully automated
and provide users with spoken, step-by-step instructions.
The new AEDs are designed to be used on adults; and when using
special pediatric pads that reduce the electrical charge the device
delivers, are also safe to use on children.
BLS Program staff is conducting free training classes over the
next few weeks for employees who work in the areas AEDs are placed.
"The devices are very simple to use-they analyze a victim's
heart rhythm and only deliver an electrical shock if defibrillation
is appropriate," says Nancy Famolare,
RN, BSN, BLS Program Coordinator.—NT
Location of AEDs
- Enders 1st floor lobby
- Enders 6th floor lobby
- 57 Binney Street
- Wolbach Building
- 1295 Boylston Street
- 21 Autumn Street
- 333 Longwood Ave 2nd fl
- Martha Eliot Health Center
- Blackfan Parking Garage
- New Research Building 1st floor lobby
- New Research Building 7th floor lobby
- Hunnewell 4 - Dental Clinic
- Ida C Smith Building
- Fegan 2 (Ortho Clinic)
- Fegan 10 (CCS/Genetics)
- Farley 7 (Core labs)
- Main Building Sub-basement
- Fegan Basement
For more information or to sign up for AED training,
contact the BLS Program at ext 5-2649.