Changes in resuscitation practices in Australia have resulted in defibrillation now included as part of CPR protocols and as you may be aware, the University has now purchased a number of defibrillators.
Current research indicates that the chance of survival for individuals who are electrically defibrillated less than five minutes after suffering Sudden Cardiac Arrest increases from less than 5% to 95%. (Source: AHA Guidelines)
Consultation was undertaken with Dr Stephanie Brookman, representatives from the Forum and with members of the Health, Safety & Environment team to identify the defibrillator requirements across the University.
The defibrillators are fully automatic, will check for a pulse and will not distribute a shock if a pulse is detected.
The University has purchased four defibrillators for the Callaghan, Ourimbah and City Campuses. Locations of the defibrillators are:
Callaghan Security Office
Electrical Engineering - Wall mounted red box in EE Foyer, next to stairs
Conservatorium Bar/Kitchen Area
Ourimbah Security Office
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the defibrillators, please contact Diane Bunch ext 17721 or email Diane.Bunch@newcastle.edu.au