P ublic A ccess D efibrillation is a program that allows for automated external defibrillators to be available to the general public.
A defibrillator is a piece of equipment that gives a malfunctioning heart an electrical shock. An electrical shock can restore the heart’s normal rhythm if it’s given within minutes of sudden cardiac arrest.
Every minute that passes without defibrillation cuts a victim’s chances of survival by 7-10 percent. After just 10 minutes, very few victims survive.
Many cardiac arrest survivors have no disabilities. There’s no lasting damage to the heart, so he/she can live for many more years.
Cardiac arrest is usually due to some underlying form of heart disease. Most events are caused by abnormal heart rhythms call arrhythmias. The most common arrhythmia that causes cardiac arrest is ventricular fibrillation. In this condition, the heart’s electrical impulses suddenly go haywire, often without warning. That causes the heart to stop pumping.
When cardiac arrest occurs, victims lose consciousness, have no pulse and stop breathing normally. They die within minutes – unless they get help.
You cannot simply purchase an AED and put it into service. New York State has specific requirements that must be met prior to using an AED.
New York State University Police manage the Binghamton University PAD program and have met all PAD requirements for New York State. The oversight physician is Dr. Michael Leonard of Binghamton University Health Services Center.
In An Emergency DIAL 911 from any campus phone.
For questions about the PAD program, please contact one of the following individuals:PAD Oversight Physician: Dr. Michael Leonard 7-2221 Binghamton University Health Services Ctr.
Last Updated: 3/31/11