The CAB's (Compression Airway Breathing) of Handling Medical Emergencies:

Establish responsiveness.

If no movement or response Phone 911 and get the AED.  If there is a second rescuer present, send second rescuer to get the AED.

If victim is not breathing (unresponsive) start 30 compressions by placing heel of hand (the other hand on top) on lower half of sternum and between nipples.  Push hard and fast.

After 30 compressions open airway with head-tilt chin-lift method.

Give 2 breaths watching for the chest to rise. 

Begin another cycle of 30 compressions and 2 breaths until the AED machine arrives.

Do at least 100 compressions per minute.  Open the airway with head-tilt chin-lift method.


Provide CPR until AED arrives.  All AEDs operate using the following basic steps:

  • Power on
  • Attachment of pads to patient
    • Select correct pad size (child/adult)
    • Open package and expose adhesive surface
    • Attach pads to the patient’s bare chest as shown on the package
    • Analysis
      • Announce to the team members, “Analyzing rhythm stand clear!”
      • Shock – Press the “shock” button
        • The device will charge and signal that a shock is indicated. Announce: “Shock is indicated.  Stand clear!  I’m going to shock on three!”  Verify that no one is touching the patient.  Press the “shock” button when signaled to do so.  If the AED says, “No shock advised! Check for signs of life (movement, coughing, and pulse).  If no signs are present, start CPR for 2 minutes and listen for the prompts of the AED!” Keep Pads and AED ON until 911 personnel tell you to turn OFF AED and remove PADS!

Repeat CPR and steps “Analyze” and “Shock” until the abnormal heart rhythm is no longer present.  The rescuer should deliver ONE shock and then immediately resume CPR, beginning with chest compressions.  2 ventilations/30 compressions.  Do 5 cycles (2/30) about 2 minutes of CPR, the AED should then analyze and deliver another single shock if indicated.  The cycle is then repeated.

AED Locations:

  • Academic Center – 1st floor near the big screen TV
  • Health Sciences Building – 1st floor near room 163 in the EWU Dental Clinic and 3rd floor near the elevators and pay phone.  Both AED’s in HSB have pediatric pads.
  • Phase One Building – 1st floor near 101 (EWU Student Services)
  • South Campus Facility – across the hall from the Parking office, room 314
  • SIRTI – 2nd floor lobby area
  • College of Nursing - 1st floor near the elevators
  • Pharmaceutical/Biomed Building – near room 104 in the lobby, across from the elevators.

Complete an online Incident Report form and forward it, within 24 hours, as directed. The online Incident Report form may be found at http://www.hrs.wsu.edu/How%20to%20File%20a%20Claim or Facilities Operations at (509) 358-7994.  “Immediately report accidents which result in death, serious injury (e.g., fracture, amputation) or in-patient hospitalization of WSU personnel or third parties.” This applies to all personnel on the Campus, including WSU Spokane, EWU, SIRTI and SIRTI tenants.

Do not touch the accident site. Environmental Health and Safety or the Police Department may need to investigate. This applies to all personnel at the Campus, including WSU Spokane, EWU, SIRTI, and SIRTI tenants.


Campus Alert Line:

509-358-7760 or 509-358-7994