Staff at the University of Michigan-Flint Recreation Center receives a variety of training, and much of it is aimed at saving a life. Recently, the training Chris Clolinger, who is the assistant director of intramural sports, received on the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) helped save the life of a Rec Center member.
According to Gary Parr, associate director of recreational services, a 60 year old male collapsed while running on the track. The man had no pulse and was experiencing agonal breathing, which quickly ceased. The AED electrodes were applied to the man by Clolinger. The AED analyzed heart activity and detected a shockable rhythm. The AED delivered one shock and Clolinger and Parr performed CPR. The man regained pulse and breathing. His condition was monitored while waiting for EMS to arrive. EMS arrived and transported the man to Genesys Regional Medical Center.
Parr received a report that the man had successful heart surgery and is recovering.
"We are all thankful that our Rec Center member is doing well, and for the excellent job Gary does to ensure that appropriate staff is recertified annually in CPR/AED. His diligence to training paid off. Chris Clolinger was able to react automatically. The quick response by Chris followed by assistance from Gary made the difference between life and death in this incident," said Theresa Landis, director of Auxiliary and Recreational Services.
UM-Flint currently has seven AEDs strategically located on campus. The safety department's unit is completely portable and can be transported to where it is needed. An individual or department interested in receiving AED training should contact the Urban Health and Wellness Center.