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Friday, July 27, 2012

UNCP adds 10 defibrillators to boost campus safety

UNC Pembroke has enhanced its automated external defibrillation program and campus safety with 10 new defibrillators employed across campus, according to Travis Bryant, associate vice chancellor for Campus Safety and Emergency Operations.

Aubrey Swett, director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, focuses during CPR training that included instruction on the univeristy’s new defibrillators.

Aubrey Swett, director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, focuses during CPR training that included instruction on the univeristy’s new defibrillators.

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“Access to a defibrillator within 3-5 minutes of a cardiac arrest can increase the survival rate by as much as 70 percent,” Bryant said. “Every minute after that, there is a 10 percent decrease in the survival rate.”

The new defibrillators were added this summer to the four already in place on campus.

“One issue that I would like to emphasize,” Bryant said, “is that there is no civil or criminal liability for persons coming to the aid of a heart attack victim or in other emergency situations. This is because of the long-standing ‘good Samaritan’ law.”

“Every second counts in an emergency,” said UNCP’s top campus safety official. “Unfortunately, we have used defibrillators several times on campus in the past.”

The defibrillators are easy to use, Bryant promised, but some training is needed. Training across campus began in late July with two sessions for university staff and faculty.

“Hopefully, we’ll never have to use them, but this is like an insurance policy,” he said. “This is another proactive measure; we’re serious about the welfare and safety of every person on this campus.”

Defibrillators were already in place in the offices of Police and Public Safety, Givens Performing Arts Center, Student Health Services and the English Jones Health and Physical Education Building.  New defibrillator locations include: Old Main, Oxendine Science Building, the Chavis University Center, Campbell Wellness Center, Oak and Cypress Residence Halls, Pinchbeck Maintenance Building, Business Services, Lumbee Hall, Livermore Library and Carter Hall.

For more information about training or the other campus safety issues, the Office of Campus Safety and Emergency Operations may be contacted at 910.775.4500 or by emailing travis.bryant@uncp.edu.

Kindra Locklear gets hands-on in the recent CPR training at UNCP. Kindra is executive assistant to the chancellor.

Kindra Locklear gets hands-on in the recent CPR training at UNCP. Kindra is executive assistant to the chancellor.

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