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A Matter of Life and Death

March 26th, 2009

More than eight years ago, John Carroll University student Joshua Beck went into cardiac arrest and later died from what could have been an avoidable situation. As a result, a staff of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) was created by two fellow students. Now, almost a decade later, the University should support new steps to keep the campus community safe. Automatic External Defibrillators have been proven to save lives when individuals’ hearts enter cardiac arrest. AEDs are designed for anyone to use them and can be a quick, life-saving response for those that suffer cardiac complications. While EMS is trained in CPR, they cannot be everywhere on campus. Thus, AEDs should be an essential component and lifeline for JCU. The expense for AEDs is costly – approximately $1,200-$1,300 a piece – and currently EMS does not have a budget to purchase these life-saving devices. The Carroll News urges the administration to assist EMS in their campaign to purchase five new AED devices. Organizations such as Student Union should take an interest in this endeavor, as it is a matter of student and campus safety. Additionally, EMS has already volunteered to educate students on proper use of the machines if they are acquired. The University is short of funds; however, there are certain expenses that transcend budget concerns due to their absolute necessity. When life-saving opportunities present themselves, the University and campus community ought to act without hesitation.