Pictured above: internal defibrillators on the left and external defibrillators on the right
The university has invested in approximately 60 defibrillators (also known as automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs) across the campuses.
Following close working with Northwest Ambulance Service, who surveyed the estate, the units were delivered in 2018 and have been in place since then.
The locations of the defibrillators are detailed on the Safety, Health and Environment Department’s webpages and you can download a list. Please take a few moments to locate the nearest unit to your place(s) of work. The defibrillators are checked weekly by the team.
Most of the defibrillators are located within buildings and there is no code needed to access the cabinets that house the equipment. Anyone can use a defibrillator – you don’t need to be first aid trained. Once the orange case is opened and the unit is switched on, step by step audio and visual guidance is provided.
Several buildings also have publicly accessible external defibrillators, as part of the university’s contribution to Northwest Ambulance’s community resuscitation programme. These units are locked inside a wall-mounted cabinet. Once a call is made to 999, the call handler will provide the code to open the cabinet.
With support from colleagues in the Faculty of Health, CPR training will be delivered to the Registrar and Chief Operating Officer Divisional Management Team on Friday 21 April. Opportunities for the wider university community to receive this training are currently being considered.