Automatic External Defibrillators Save Lives

As some of you may know, on Nov. 26 a student’s life was saved by student employees at the Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC).  He had collapsed while working out and was found unconscious on the floor; this was later determined to have been a sudden cardiac arrest. The WREC staff, assisted by an off-duty volunteer firefighter/student, responded and immediately started CPR. They also quickly utilized one of the campus’s Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) which successfully revived the student. Our student is alive and well today thanks to the efforts of the student employees and the student who assisted them.  We are very proud of these students and extremely thankful for the outcome.

CSU, Chico currently has 21 of these life-saving devices, including five units located in University Police vehicles. All campus AEDs are fully automatic and require no special skills or knowledge to operate. The Department of Environmental Health and Safety and University Police jointly oversee and maintain the devices. Please see the campus map on this web page for the locations of the Automatic External Defibrillators.

Warm regards,

Yvette Streeter
Emergency Preparedness and Occupational Safety Coordinator
Department of Environmental Health and Safety
California State University, Chico