Save a Student's Life: AED Locations Listed in University/State College Course Syllabus
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On Monday, September 21st, 2015, Michael Namey (18) suffered what was believed to be a massive heart attack while sitting in the middle of class at the University of Central Florida. After he collapsed, Manny Orozco, a fellow knight and certified EMT, performed CPR until medics arrived minutes later; no one was aware that an AED, a device that may have saved his life, was right upstairs. He passed away a day later in the hospital.
Following Michael's passing, students pushed for more AED's to be installed and available on campus and their voices were heard. The Student Government Association passed a resolution to add approximately 60 more AED's to the 76 existing on campus.
Call for Change
The University of Central Florida has an acceptable amount of automated external defibrillators (AED), however very few people actually have knowledge of where they are located. In the case of an emergency, having a defibrillator in the building will be of no use if no one knows where it is. Defibrillators are located in plain sight, yet often they are overlooked in every day life.
A syllabus is already provided for every course taught at universities, containing information regarding class expectations, plagiarism statements, and instructor information. Many syllabuses look very similar in structure and wording because instructors are required to copy and paste university-provided information (Golden Rule, disability assistance, plagiarism statement).
As protectors of students, university administration should require that the location of the nearest AED and fire extinguisher be input into the course syllabus if the class is physically taught on campus. If students are aware of where to find an AED or fire extinguisher in the case of an emergency, precious time will not be wasted looking for one.
Although you could never put a dollar amount on a student's life, this implementation is cost efficient and could have a huge impact on every campus across the nation. This addition of pertinent information in the course syllabus will cost the university absolutely zero dollars, as professors already have a list of required information they input into their syllabus every semester. This is simply one more bit of information, yet it is information that could save someone's life.
Right now, we are asking University of Central Florida Board of Trustees to honor our fallen knight, Michael Namey, and commit to creating a safer learning environment. In time, we would like to bring this idea to other Florida colleges and universities. Eventually, we will bring our cause to D.C. and request that Congress make this requirement law for all publicly funded institutions of higher education. Fittingly, we will request that it be named the Michael Namey law, in hopes that his passing will be the reason someone else has another chance at life.
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