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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 25, 2004

UI Police To Begin Carrying Portable Defibrillators Nov. 1

Beginning Nov. 1, University of Iowa police will begin carrying portable defibrillators while on patrol, Charles D. Green, assistant vice president and director of public safety, announced today.

UI police purchased four Medtronic LifePak 500 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) with funding secured by the Johnson County Emergency Management office.

"Our officers have completed their training with the AED and are ready to add this valuable component to the services they proudly provide to the University of Iowa community," Green said.

The LifePak 500 is designed especially for use by first responders to cardiac emergencies. Rugged in design and weighing just 7 pounds, the unit determines which shock is right for an individual and provides screen messages, voice prompts, readiness display and lighted buttons to guide responders through the procedure.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Charles Green, 319-335-5026, Writer: Stephen Pradarelli.