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BOMA begins research into defibrillators in buildings.

Last year, Congress passed legislation that effectively required the General Services Administration (GSA) -- one of the nation's largest owners and lessors of office space -- to stock its public buildings with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), devices that can restart a heart that has stopped beating effectively. Last month, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, at the direction of its membership, began a six-month research effort into the benefits and liabilities of proactively placing these devices in private commercial buildings.

BOMA's membership, through a unanimous vote by its board of governors, directed the association to begin research into the use of such devices during its annual winter business meeting in Washington, DC, on Jan. 29. Advocates for AEDs pointed out that in addition to GSA, some states and localities require the presence of AEDs in public buildings. Preliminary recommendations will be made at the association's annual convention in Baltimore on June 17-19.

An AED is designed to deliver electric shock to the heart of a person suffering a heart attack; the shock helps the heart regain regular beat. To make the device work, the operator simply attaches the machine to the victim, and the machine determines if the victim's heart would benefit from a shock. An operator does not need a medical background, but is required to be trained on how to use the machine.

During this six-month research period, BOMA International is seeking partners for research, education, and training; interested parties should contact Marco Giamberardino, director of codes and standards for BOMA International, at (202) 326-6356 or at mgiam berardino@boma.org.
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Date:Feb 21, 2001
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