Cardiac Arrest/Heart Attack

Cardiac Arrest/Heart Attack

The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) should be used when a suspected victim of sudden cardiac arrest has a lack of circulation. Signs of loss of circulation include:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Absence of breathing
  • Absence of a pulse

Do NOT use the AED when a victim has ANY of the following:

  • Consciousness OR
  • Normal breathing OR
  • A detectable pulse

Do NOT use the AED:

  • Near water or within puddles of water
  • Near flammable agents, such as gasoline

When using the AED:

  • ALWAYS stand clear of the victim’s body when delivering a shock.
  • Do NOT touch the electrode surfaces, the victim, or any conductive material near the victim during the ECG analysis or shock.

If you HAVE BEEN TRAINED to use the AED:

  • If others are in the immediate area, have someone notify Security at the Front Security Desk at (713) 646-1743; then hang up and dial 8-911 from a campus phone (or 911 from a cell phone).
  • If no one else is in the immediate area, notify Security at the Front Security Desk at (713) 646-1743; then hang up and dial 8-911 from a campus phone (or 911 from a cell phone). Security will notify an additional Emergency Responder to assist.
  • Check the victim for consciousness, breathing, and pulse. Retrieve the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) located next to the elevator (one AED is located next to the “Help” phones on floors 1-5 in the Library, and next to the elevators on each floor in all other areas of the campus).
  • Follow the instructions on the AED until EMS arrives.
  • Once EMS has arrived and taken control of the situation, the Emergency Responder must immediately notify the Front Security Desk at (713) 646-1743 and complete the STCL AED Program Post Incident Report (Exhibit A).
  • The officer at the Front Security Desk will immediately notify the Director of Security & Office Services, and submit the STCL AED Program Post Incident Report (Exhibit A) to the Director within 24 hours of the incident.

If you have NOT BEEN TRAINED to use the AED:

  • Immediately call Security at the Front Security Desk at (713) 646-1743; then hang up and dial 8-911 from a campus phone (or 911 from a cell phone). Security will call an Emergency Responder with AED/CPR training to assess and handle the situation.
  • If you have CPR training and are willing to render aid, perform CPR until an Emergency Responder or EMS arrives.
  • Once EMS has arrived and taken control of the situation, the Emergency Responder, or the individual who rendered aid, must immediately notify Security at the Front Security Desk at (713) 646-1743 and complete the STCL AED Program Post Incident Report (Exhibit A).
  • The officer at the Security desk will immediately notify the Director of Security & Office Services, and submit the STCL AED Program Post Incident Report (Exhibit A) to the Director within 24 hours of the incident.

*numbers in bold denote on campus phone extension.