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WASHINGTON, DC-The Building Owners and Managers Association and the American Heart Association have joined forces to provide access to early treatment for heart attacks in private commercial office buildings around the country.

The two associations are establishing a public access defibrillation, or PAD, program to provide early CPR and defibrillation, using automatic external defibrillators.

AEDs are computerized devices that can shock a heart that been stopped by an abnormal rhythm.

BOMA researched doing such a program for six months before approving it at the association’s annual convention in Baltimore in June.

The program, which is voluntary, is designed to train non-emergency medical personnel, and give those persons the ability to perform CPR and use and AED.

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