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Healthy Campus- Is it?

Wendy . Blog Publicado 11 Octubre 2012

What's an AED in English or DEA in Spanish? Do we have one on our "Healthy Campus?"
"Healthy Campus". Great slogan, but is it true? To begin with the landscape is beautiful. There are trees and shrubs, grass and flowers. There’s a lake full of fish and an occasional duck or two. The air is clean. We're far from the city and industrial areas. There is no smoking on campus anymore either, though you do see people having a cigarette outside the gates to campus. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
. The stairs and walkways are in good condition so you can look around you when you take a walk without always having to look at your feet. The sports facilities are exceptional. They include a track and soccer field, tennis courts, a state-of-the-art gym and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Yes, it’s a healthy place if you can find time away from your work. There's even a Healthy Campus Trail, a 2+ kilometer walk you can take when you're between classes or on your lunch break.
You’ll say that’s fine, but what happens in an emergency. Do people know what to do on this Healthy Campus? Let’s imagine you’re walking around and someone near you collapses. The medical students, pharmacy and physiotherapy students, nursing and bio-medical students are nowhere in sight.
You and your friends are on the scene. What should you do?
1. Check for breathing (and pulse). He’s unconscious. He’s not breathing. There’s No pulse. There’s No response.
2. Call 112 the emergency number in Spain. It’s 911 in the US.
3. Call the medical service on campus 91 211 5548. Ask for an AED- automated external defibrillator/ DEA or desfibrilador in Spanish. If you don’t have the number. send someone for help. The medical service is in Building A and in the gym. The concierges and the security guards can help too.
5. These people will get the AED (DEA in Spanish-desfibrilador).You may have seen one on campus and just walked on by without paying any attention to it.

6. Start CPR – Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Do you know how to do CPR (RCP-Reanimación Cardio-pulmonar)? Could you follow the instructions on the AED machine? Would you help or would you panic? I certainly hope you wouldn’t ignore our hypothetical patient and just walk on by. Watch this demonstration of what to do:

We should all know what to do in an emergency. Have you noticed the Red Cross signs in airports. That’s where a heart machine is located. What do they look like in Spain? There are several on campus. Would you recognize one if you saw it? Would you know what to do? First aid and emergency techniques should be part of everyone's education. Would YOU know what to do? -Wendy

healthy: saludable
duck: pato
anymore either: tampoco ya
gates: puertas del recinto/jardín/de embarque
walkway: camino, paseo, acera
look around: mirar alrededor
look at: mirar
track:pista de atletismo
soccer field: campo de fútbol
courts: pista de tenis/baloncesto/squash
state-of-the-art: moderno
trail: camino, sendero
lunch break/coffee break: descanso para comer/para tomar café
what happens?: qué ocurre?
nowhere in sight: no está a la vista
breathing: respirar
pay attention: prestar atención
walk on by: pasar sin más
signs: carteles, señales
look like: parecer, qué pinta tienen
First Aid: Primeros auxilios


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Comentarios (15)
Elena Rivas (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Hi, your article in your blog is fantastic, I think idem, the healthy campus is a good place for walk around before study.

Mª Leonor Bonet (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Wendy, I think is great and I hope many students read it.Fantastic

Esther Delgado (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I agree with you, Wendy, about that these situations are very difficult because it´s imposible to predict how we can do at this moment. In spite of it, i think that the use of AED should be done by somebody who knows its the mechanism.

David Pérez Alonso (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Hi Wendy, it´s a great post. I think that you are right, most of us don´t know what we have to do in an emergency. I didn´t know your blog, and I´m going to tell about it, and I will link it to mine, too. Thanks!

Beni Fernández (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Hello Wendy, I find it very interesting, in my case, I have spent many times in front of these AED and I have never stopped to read what they say. I think that now I will do it.

Rosa (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

The article is very interesting and the video too. I will recommend to my colleagues and students.

Rosa Pagan (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Hi Wendy, I didn't know how the ADA machines looked like since I have read the article. Everybody in the campus should read it to be more informated.

Jesús Fernández... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

WWendy, I am agree with you in your opinion about "Healthy CCampus". This University is an example of an enviroment-friendly place, but perhaps it is possible to improve some aspects about the education of students in Firs Aid. I think the possibility to introduce in all degrees an optative subjet aabout First Aid, to show all students what they must do in eemergency situations.

Matilde Cortes Sanz (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

In case of an emergency the first thing to do will be checking if the man has pulse and if he is breathing. If he is unconscious I will call 112 and medical service on Campus. Meanwhile, as I know how to do a CPR, I could start doing it to reanimate him. In this kind of emergency cases it is necessary to keep calm. In Policlinica we have an AED. Each year there is a CPR course for eveyone who works in policlinica.

Ana del Puerto (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I wouldn't know to do except call 112, but now I know DEA I would try to do more.

Esther (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Hopefully we'll never see more than some superficial scrapes on our Campus but it's so good to know!

B1_T4M_Irene He... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I’m studying medicine and I didn’t know what it was until today… It’s important that people know what to do in an emergency. You also can call to 112 but there is not always an ambulance or a doctor close and, in many cases, two minutes are of vital importance. I think that it’s also important to know how to do basic manoeuvres of first aid cause you never know when you’ll need it. So, I think that have AED in the university is a very good idea. Teachers should inform students about the existence of this because I’m totally sure that most of the students don’t know what is.

Anónimo (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

This is a fantatic post. Most of us don´t know how to do in case of an emergency. If we become aware It will be much better

Pablo M319 (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

This is a good post and is very interesting to the people, i recomended it.

Pablo Vaquero B2.1 (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Is very necessary the presence of the DEA throughout the university, in the case of cardiac arrest, it could save lives.

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