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Automated external defibrillators

The University has a number of automated external defibrillators located throughout the campus in fixed locations, as well as in portable units in our security vehicles.

These defibrillators are life-saving emergency medical devices which can be used when a person is experiencing cardiac arrest.

In the summer of 2018 we added an additional 11 defibrillators, taking our total up to 20. All have voice instructions which talk you through the process of using the device.

What to do in an emergency situation

In the first instance call 999 to request an ambulance. Then call the University security team on extension 2222 (from an internal phone), or 01786 467999 (from a mobile).

However, the defibrillators are designed to be easy to use by anyone without training and are located in areas where they are easily accessible for anyone to get to.

A useful app, called ‘Lifesaver’ is also available to be downloaded from the Resuscitation Council website. The app shows you how to save someone's life in four scenarios.

Defibrillator locations

The new defibrillators were introduced as part of an initiative led by the University’s Safety, Environment and Continuity department. Twenty defibrillators are now located across campus:

  • Six in the University residences (Alexander Court, Andrew Stewart Hall, Beech Court, John Forty Court, Spittal Hill, Union Street)
  • Five in the sports facilities (Alangrange strength and conditioning suite, Craig Gowans Football Centre, gym, swimming pool and golf pavilion)
  • Two devices are held by Airthrey Park Medical Practice
  • Others can be found in the campus security car, the Library, the Macrobert Arts Centre, the property management offices, the Pathfoot Building and the sports laboratory in Cottrell Building
  • The Union football team has one

All of the defibrillators are registered with the Scottish Ambulance Service for public access, allowing emergency call handlers to guide callers to the nearest available defibrillator in the event of a cardiac arrest.

To see the exact locations on campus, please view our map.

Defibrillator saves student life

In February 2016, third-year student Finlay Richardson collapsed during a lacrosse training session on the University’s sports pitches. Sports Centre staff quickly carried out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and used the sports centre defibrillator to administer shocks in a bid to save his life.

After making a full recovery from the incident, Finlay graduated with a first-class honours degree in Environmental Science. He returned to the campus earlier this year to thank staff and paramedics who saved his life – and welcome the installation of the additional defibrillators.

Read the full story, that includes a short film showing Finlay’s return the University and highlights the importance of having these crucial pieces of equipment readily available.

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