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Pittsburgh, March 2, 2009 — Through a special St. Margaret Foundation/UPMC St. Margaret program called PULSE, or Pittsburgh United for Life-Saving Emergencies, La Roche College received five automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

“We are extremely grateful that the St. Margaret Foundation was able to donate five AEDs to the College free of charge,” said Dave Hilke, public safety site supervisor at La Roche, and the person responsible for contacting the foundation.

According to the St. Margaret Foundation’s website, the PULSE program has distributed more than 250 AEDs to various locations across southwestern Pennsylvania, including downtown office buildings, Port Authority subway stations, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Heinz Field, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and many others.

The AEDs turn on automatically whenever the outside case is opened, and a computerized voice talks the user through the entire process, from calling 911 to actually attaching the defibrillator pads to the victim.

“Defibrillators, used to restore the heartbeat when the heart goes into ventricular fibrillation, can be a critical piece of first aid equipment as studies have repeatedly shown that early intervention is important in such cases,” Hilke said. The five AEDs donated last year add to the existing five devices already on campus.

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