In 2002, with the guiding vision of Dr. Donna Bacchi, the Texas Tech University System developed the HeartFirst Program in the interest of increasing the likelihood of survival of a victim suffering from sudden cardiac arrest on the Texas Tech University or Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campuses.
Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) are a proven method of reducing death and disability from acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). An AED is a device that attaches to a victim’s chest, assesses the heart’s rhythm and, if needed, recommends that a shock be delivered to correct the heart rhythm. An adult victim of sudden cardiac arrest is most likely in urgent need of defibrillation, a metered electrical charge, which can restore the heart to a healthy function and save a life. Delivery of defibrillation within 5 minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest dramatically improves the likelihood of survival.
The program helps ensure the safety of the individuals throughout the TTU System by offering AEDs at various locations on campuses and academic sites. This program is managed by each institution. Please refer to the HeartFirst Contacts for specific information.