Bridgewater State University
Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program
The Bridgewater State University Police Department's PAD
Program has one main goal:
To save lives through early defibrillation.
AED Locations on Campus
The BSU Police Department has begun to install Automatic External Defibrillators (AED)
at various building locations throughout campus. AEDs are a proven method of reducing
morbidity and mortality from sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack). An AED is a
device that attaches to a victim's chest to assess the heart's rhythm and, if
needed, automatically recommends whether or not a shock be delivered to correct
the heart's rhythm. The AED will enable University personnel or
the public who are trained in First Aid/CPR/AED to deliver early defibrillation
to victims in the first critical moments after a sudden cardiac arrest. Responder's use of the AED should not replace the care provided by emergency
medical service (EMS) providers but it is meant to provide a lifesaving bridge
during the first few critical minutes it takes for advanced life support
providers to arrive. Upon arrival of the EMS providers, patient care should be
transferred. Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) means making AEDs available
in public and/or private places where large numbers of people gather or where
people who are at high risk for heart attacks live. The PAD Program at
Bridgewater State University aims to save lives, and make AEDs as accessible as
fire extinguishers throughout our campus community. For more information please
contact Deputy Chief Glen Anderson at
Look for this sign in the building to locate the AED.
The AED will be located in a cabinet like the one shown above. When you open the
cabinet to retrieve the AED an alarm will sound.
Once you have opened the cabinet you will see a red case like the one shown
above. This is the case that contains the AED.
Last Modified: February 25, 2013