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New-AEDs-at-PAHPatrick Donnelly, RN, MS, CCRN, Resuscitation Services manager, Performance Improvement, and Obi Ubah, Biomed Tech, Clinical Engineering, holding one of PAH’s 8 AEDs.

This past October, three new, additional Zoll AED-Pro Defibrillators were placed into service at PAH, bringing the campus total up to eight. The new locations include:

  • Elm Garden Cafeteria, in the far left-hand corner by the telephone and glass-encased hanging quilt.
  • Hall Mercer Lobby, along the hallway immediately past the Security Officer’s desk and across from elevators;
  • Spruce Building Lobby, inside the Spruce Street entrance on the left before the Outpatient Pharmacy.

There are five other automated external defibrillators ready for use in and around PAH:

  • 1 Pine West, Administration
  • Preston Lobby, across from the Welcome Desk
  • Harte Memorial (Human Resources) Lobby
  • Cathcart Building Sub-Basement outside of the Locker Rooms
  • The eighth unit is located off campus in the Department of Neurosurgery at 8th and Locust Streets.

AED-signA triangular sign posted above the cabinet marks each AED location. Each AED device is stored in an alarmed metal cabinet which will automatically sound when you open the door. When the AED is needed, “responders” are to simply remove the AED from the cabinet and close the door to disarm the alarm.

Just look for one of these signs in and around the PAH campus to find a life saving defibrillator.

“The hospital has Code and Rapid Response Teams who are equipped with additional information regarding the operation of the Hospital AEDs and special features they can utilize,” said,

Patrick J. Donnelly, RN, MS, CCRN, Resuscitation Services manager. “Yet anyone who has undergone basic CPR training can operate an AED device and possibly save a life. The most important thing any responder should do first is call for help – either extension 5050 within the hospital or 911 – then remove the device from the cabinet, close the door and return to the victim. Once back at the victim’s side, unzip the nylon case, power up the device using the green ‘On/Off’ button and follow the audio prompts,” explains Donnelly.

Still not confident you can save a life? For more information about how to use an AED, contact Patrick Donnelly in Resuscitation Services at 215.829.5815 or To be trained in AED use, contact your local American Heart Association

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