Automated external defibrillators installed on campus

To:       All Staff and Students
From:  Health, Safety and Environment Office
Date:   18 October 2010


Dear Colleagues and Students,

To enhance the contingency preparedness on campus, the University has installed portable automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at key locations, including the Pao Yue Kong Library, the Jockey Club Auditorium and theKwong On Jubilee Sports Centre. The AEDs are tied into emergency phone system or close to the expected responders. A list of those locations is given at https://www2.polyu.edu.hk/PolyU/hso/Resources_AED.php.

AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiacarrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them throughdefibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm. In short, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

The use of AEDs is taught in many first aidfirst responder and basic life support level Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) classes. A video clip of the use of AED prepared by the manufacturer is also posted athttps://www2.polyu.edu.hk/PolyU/hso/Resources_AED.php.

If you need further assistance in emergency, please call the Campus Security Control Centre at 2766-7666.   

Best Regards, 

Health, Safety and Environment Office