Earlier this year, during an event in the Agricultural Administration building on the Columbus Campus, an individual suffered a medical event requiring cardiac intervention. While emergency services responded promptly and the outcome was okay, it was determined that an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) would have been extremely beneficial during the medical emergency.
Currently there is no university-wide program to provide and maintain AEDs in the buildings on the Columbus campus. As a result of the incident, CFAES has committed to taking the lead within the university by establishing an AED program and purchasing AED units to be disbursed across buildings on the CFAES Columbus campus. The Wooster campus has successfully maintained an AED program for several years and this model was used to implement additional AEDs on the CFAES Columbus campus.
Here are the locations where AEDs are currently installed:
- Ag Engineering Building has two units, one on each floor
- Kottman Hall has one unit on 2nd floor center of building
- Turfgrass Research Facility has one unit in the center of building
Ongoing maintenance and upkeep for the units will be centrally funded within CFAES and managed by Kent McGuire, CFAES Health and Safety Coordinator. In addition, as units are installed, personnel from CFAES will coordinate trainings on the operation of the units for building occupants.