Reed Travel Features
LAS VEGAS -- Boyd Gaming Corp.'s commitment to ensuring guest
safety and comfort prompted the firm to equip its seven properties
in Las Vegas with defibrillator units.
Boyd said it is the first major gaming and hotel firm to offer
on-site defibrillators, which are used to treat people who suffer
sudden heart attacks.
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) help reduce the risk of
sudden cardiac arrest fatality.
Defibrillation is the only effective treatment for the primary
cause of sudden cardiac arrest, but therapy must be delivered in
The firm will implement a "targeted first responder" program
using Physio-Control Corp.'s latest automated external
defibrillator, the Lifepak 500 AED.
Fifteen units will be placed throughout Boyd's seven Las Vegas
Training for Boyd security officers began recently.
Boyd is working closely with a Las Vegas cardiologist, a
training coordinator at Clark County Fire Dept. and researchers at
the University of Arizona to study the impact of early
defibrillation by targeted first responders, police, firefighters,
security officers and other personnel.
Boyd said the equipment is easy for the public to use because of
voice and screen prompts and preconnected electrodes.
Boyd's Las Vegas properties include Stardust, California,
Fremont, Main Street Station, Sam's Town, Eldorado and Jokers