HEARTSafe Campus Initiative

Villanova EMS is striving to ensure that the best possible cardiac arrest care is provided on campus in the event of an individual experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. The presence of an ambulance on campus has been essential in responding promptly and effectively to such calls. However, before the ambulance arrives, by-standers play an essential role in beginning to care for a patient.

The first three parts of the Chain of Survival, as outlined in the American Heart Association's guide for improving chances of survival and recovery, are centered around by-stander intervention:

  1. Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system;
  2. Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions;
  3. Rapid defibrillation.
In an effort to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, teach individuals how properly treat an individual experiencing such an event, and to provide all individuals across campus with the tools necessary to perform, Villanova EMS has begun an initiative through the National Collegiate EMS Foundation to become certified as a HEARTSafe Campus.
HEARTSafe Campus promotes and supports:
  • Rapid Response by CPR and AED Trained First Responders
  • Rapid Public Access to Defibrillation
  • Early Access to Advanced Care
  • Public CPR and AED Training for the Community
  • Engagement in Preventative Cardiovascular Healthcare Activities
Follow the links on the left hand side menu to find out how you can participate in the HEARTSafe Campus Initiative!
To read more about the Chain of Survival or Sudden Cardiac Arrest, visit heart.org.
To read more about NCEMSF's HEARTSafe Campus, visit NCEMSF.org.

Our Location

Health Services Building

Villanova EMS is headquartered in the Health Services Building near the Villanova University main entrance on North Ithan Avenue.