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30th AED Save Occurs at Sky Harbor

Thanks to the efforts of Sky Harbor employees and a fellow passenger, an Australian visitor has become the 30th AED save at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. At 10:25 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 11, a man who had arrived on a flight from Dallas, collapsed in Terminal 3.

A Complete Skycap employee, two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents, a nurse from a local hospital and two Phoenix Police Airport Bureau officers were quick to respond by grabbing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

The passenger was administered a shock with the AED three times. He also received a round of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and three rounds of chest compressions before he was able to breathe on his own. The passenger was then transported by the Phoenix Fire Department to a local hospital where he is recovering. Doctors at the hospital commended those involved in the save, by expressing what a great job they did.

The latest save once again highlights the importance of AEDs. Celebrating its 10-year AED anniversary earlier this year, America’s Friendliest Airport® provides AEDs throughout the facility should an emergency occur to help those undergoing a cardiac arrest.

In fact, there are more than 85 AEDs available at Phoenix Sky Harbor, Phoenix Deer Valley and Phoenix Goodyear airports, located in various public spaces and employee work areas.

Additionally, some officers with the Phoenix Police Airport Bureau and Phoenix Firefighters carry AEDs on their bikes and most airliners are also equipped with the devices. More than 2,000 Airport employees and volunteer Navigators have been trained to properly use AEDs and administer CPR when the need arises.

First posted: 8/15/2011


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