First Aid and Defibrillators

Defibrillators with public access are located all over campus. The defibrillator can be used by anyone; in the bag there is a clear instruction manual on how to do it as well as the machine.

In the workplace, there are trained employees in first aid and around the campus there are defibrillators set up with associated instructions.

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Legislation

According to the Swedish Work Environment Authority's Regulation, AFS 1999:7 on First Aid and Crisis Support, first aid and crisis support must be planned, arranged and followed up based on an assessment of the risks of ill health and accidents at work.
The Regulation states that each establishment must have the necessary preparedness and procedures for first aid and crisis support, taking the nature, scale and specific risks of the activity into account. It must be ensured that the employees are aware of the organisation of first aid and crisis support at their place of work and must be kept constantly updated with the procedures in effect. Taking into account the nature, scale and specific risks involved, there must be a sufficient number of people who can render first aid at the place of work.
According to the Regulation, appropriate financial appropriations must be provided for:
• Where the first aid equipment is located
• Which person(s) can give first aid/act as a first responder
• Telephone numbers for emergency vehicles and taxis; and the
• Address and, if necessary, directions to the place of work
Umeå University has adopted procedures for first aid and crisis support, the Vice-Chancellor's Decision J. ref no.: 300-2783-09, date: 17/11/2009 concerning "First Aid and Crisis Support".


Rules for First Aid
The Decision describes the responsibility:
The Vice-Chancellor has overall responsibility for the existence of a functional first aid organisation for the University as a whole. Responsibility includes the introduction, follow-up, revisions and further development of the organisation plan.
The Dean (or a person in an equivalent position) is directly responsible for drawing up the Faculty's plan for the organisation of first aid. Responsibility includes the introduction, follow-up, revisions and further development of the organisation plan.
Each Head of Department (or the equivalent) has the responsibility for the development and establishment of their Department's organisational plan for first aid and the establishment of the description of functional procedures.
As an annex to the Decision, there is a Guidance for the Assessment of Risk and to ensure an acceptable first aid preparedness (page 2 of the Vice-Chancellor's Decision) which states i.a.: The Department must review its workplaces and identify the risks that may arise in the operations and which are important in clarifying the need for first aid efforts.
The results of the risk inventory must form the basis for determining the needs of the working areas for faculty and staff who can provide the necessary emergency response. The assessment of the number of trained persons, if any shift work takes place this must be taken into account. The dispersion of the workforce must also be taken into account. Based on the results of the assessment of risks, a determination is made of the equipment that needs to be available at the workplace.

First aid equipment

At all work places, equipment for first aid must be available to a sufficient extent.
There is a wide range of First Aid kits in different designs and formats In the marketplace that can be purchased via Procurator.

Education and training

It is up to each individual with supervisory responsibility to conduct a risk assessment for the purpose of determining how the need for many persons in the workplace are to have first aid training. Such individual(s) must undergo training at least every three years. Further information on how to make the assessment can be found in the Swedish Work Environment Authority's Regulation AFS 1999:7 - First Aid and Crisis Support.
Feelgood provides two similar but different training courses in this area:
1. First Aid and CPR
Objective: That after completing the course the participant will be able to lead and respond at an accident site providing first aid with crisis support as needed, pursuant to AFS 1999:7. The following parts are included, both theoretical and practical elements:
• L-ABC ((Life-threatening condition, breathing, bleeding, circulation) (L-ABC (Livsfarligt läge, andning, blödning, cirkulation)
• Adult CPR
• Sudden or rapid onset of a medical condition
• First aid dressing
• Crisis response management
Time required: 4 hours.
Feelgood offers open training sessions in First Aid and CPR at Umeå University. The training is a half-day training session (4 hours) with a maximum of 10 participants per occasion. Charge: SEK 550/participant. If a Department (or the equivalent) desires to purchase their own training sessions, the cost is SEK 13,300 excluding educational materials SEK 550/person.
To participate, a training material in the form of a training manikin "Mini-Anne doll" is needed. The participant/Department may retain it and can be used for more training sessions, for example in refresher training.
Registration for open training is done via a registration form (see under related information) sent to stina.bentorp@feelgood.se. In the subject line, type "First Aid Course Registration". The registration is binding.
The date for the 2021 autumn term has not yet been determined.

2. Basic course – adult CPR with a defibrillator
Objective: To be able to detect the need and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation) (CPR) in the event of a cardiac arrest, and in connection with this to be able to use a defibrillator in the event of resuscitation attempts. A brief introduction to how a defibrillator works. The following elements are included, focusing on practical exercises:
• CPR
• Chest compressions
• Mouth-to-mouth breathing
• Checking life signs
• Stable side position
• Defibrillator
Time required: 2 hours.
Charge: SEK 7,700 excluding training materials SEK 550/person.
If you desire to be trained and participate in this training, please contact stina.bentorp@feelgood.se.
If you have any questions regarding the training or making a risk inventory, without hesitation please contact Feelgood tele no.: 090-17 63 60.

Defibrillator

Defibrillator to be used for CPR is located all around Umeå universitet.

Photo: Ulrika Bergfors

What is a defibrillator?

The defibrillator has been used in healthcare for quite a long time. The defibrillator gives clear spoken instructions to you on how to perform CPR. The defibrillator then analyses the patient's heart rhythm and recommends whether or not to administer an electric shock. The defibrillator is intelligent and it isn't possible to shoot electrical power into someone who doesn't need it.
The defibrillator can be used by anyone; in the bag there is a clear instruction manual on how to do it as well as the machine. Even though receiving the training is not required, it is however a significant advantage if you become competent in rendering CPR.

List of public access defibrillators at Umeå University

There are public access defibrillators at the following locations within Umeå University: Umeå School of Architecture, on the wall on the way to the offices area, ground floor Aula Nordica, near Umeå Congress Beteendevetarhuset/Behavioural Sciences Building, at the café ground floor
Biologihuset/Biology Building, ground floor in the foyer by lift
Curiosum children's museum i, (rebuilding underway)
Designhögskolan/The Umeå Institute of Design (UID), inside the entrance, directly to the right
Fysikhuset/Physics Building, in corridor north side outside the café
Fysiologihuset/ Physiology Building, level 4 outside the faculty room
Förvaltningshuset/Administrative Building, restaurant level 2, at the south entrance
Haparanda, in the anteroom exit stairwell
Humanisthuset/Humanities Building, between corridor C2 and E2, level 2
Jörn, opposite the ground floor cloakroom
Umeå Arts Campus, by the café Hansson and Hammar
KBC 1, at the café level 3
KBC 2, lift level 5
Department of Clinical Microbiology, building 6C, corridor R12 level1, intersection of virology and immunology
The Academy of Fine Arts at Umeå University/ Konsthögskolan, level 1 by the restrooms
Lärarutbildningshuset/Pedagogics Building, level 1
MIT Building, near the building superintendent's office
Naturvetarhuset/Science Building 1, passage to Universum Level 3
Naturvetarhuset/Science Building 2, close to the passage to Biologihuset/MBC, level 3
Norra Beteendevetarhuset, at the entrance
Polisutbildningshuset/Police Training Building, near the lift level 3
Samhällsvetarhuset/Social Sciences Building 1, opposite the building superintendent's office, level 2
Samhällsvetarhuset/Social Sciences Building 2, Lindellhallen, level 2
Skellefteå, by lift
Teknikhuset/Technology Building, level 3
UMF, at main entrance
Universitetsledningshuset, level 3, in the entrance
UCCB, left of the lift
Vårdvetarhuset Building, ground floor at the building superintendent's office
Örnsköldsvik, half a floor up, at the reception
Östra Paviljongerna/Eastern Pavilions, on the wall opposite Room 5

Defibrillator Registry

The public access defibrillators at Umeå University are registered in Sweden's Defibrillator Registry. The Defibrillator Registry is a national registry for public access defibrillators available outside hospitals in Sweden and owned by the Swedish Council for CPR. The purpose of the Defibrillator Registry is to gather together the information about the country's public access defibrillators and their availability in a location. Then make their specific geographical location known to the public. This knowledge can prove life-saving if a sudden cardiac arrest occurs. The sooner a defibrillator reaches the person in need, the greater the chances of the person's life being saved. Similarly, the Defibrillator Registry works to increase the use of the public access defibrillators. Via www.hjartstartarregistret.se and the "Save the Heart" app, the public can now obtain better information about where public access defibrillators are located. 

Sweden's Defibrillator Register is based on a non-profit basis and contributes its data to the Swedish cardiac arrest research as well as to the country's emergency services. The Registry never discloses or uses stored contact information for commercial purposes. 

The Registry works in cooperation with SOS Alarm. This allows the emergency services operator to see the locations of the registered public access defibrillators on the map and be able to inform the caller of where the nearest defibrillator is located for rapid life-saving operation while waiting for an ambulance.

How to use a Defibrillator

Alexandra Haglund
1/3/2022