St. Philip’s staff, clergy, ushers, and other key volunteers recently attended two training sessions in continuous chest compression and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). They learned not only how to perform basic chest compressions — where to place hands, how firmly compressions should be, and how fast (to the beat of “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees) — but also the importance of administering aid quickly (the brain can survive only six minutes without oxygen). Compression should be started immediately, and the person beginning it should designate others to fetch the AED and to call 911, to avoid wasting precious seconds. Compression is used to keep the victim oxygenated until the AED can be hooked up, with the goal of keeping them alive until emergency medical personnel arrive.
St. Philip’s original AED has been permanently installed in the rear of the church. Four additional AEDs have recently been purchased, with the approval of the Vestry to use unrestricted memorial gifts and a gift from the Foothills Forum. The new AEDs are located in the Music Center, the Children’s Chapel, La Parroquia, and in the hallway between the Murphey Gallery and the church office.
Rest assured that the ushers have a plan in place in the event of an emergency during a church service.