Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) on Campus
Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) are a proven method of reducing morbidity and mortality from sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack). An AED is a device that attaches to a victim's chest
to assess the heart's rhythm and, if needed, automatically recommends whether or not a shock be delivered to correct the heart's rhythm. An adult who has just gone into sudden cardiac arrest is most likely in urgent need of defibrillation and a metered electrical charge can often restore the heart to healthy function and save a life.
To provide a realistic chance of survival, defibrillation must be available soon after cardiac arrest. The automatic external defibrillator (AED) will enable University personnel or the public who are trained in CPR/AED to deliver early defibrillation to victims in the first critical moments after a suddencardiac arrest. Responder's use of the AED should not replace the care provided by emergency medical service (EMS) providers but it is meant to provide a lifesaving bridge during the first few critical minutes it takes for advanced life support providers to arrive.
Upon arrival of the EMS providers, patient care should be transferred to EMS personnel.
Having campus community members trained in CPR and the use of AEDs is valuable for each member and visitor to the University. Recognizing that an emergency exists and contacting 911, providing immediate patient care (including CPR), and initiating the use of a nearby AED are each links in the Cardiac Chain of Survival. Combined with the final link – the intervention of Advanced Life Support care given by trained medical personnel, promotes better opportunities for an individual's survival during a cardiac emergency.
For more information on the University's Automatic External Defibrillator Program or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation/AED training, please contact Environmental Health and Safety at ext 3310