An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that reads abnormal heart rhythms and is able to treat them with an application of electricity to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
If you believe someone is having a heart emergency:
- Call 911 (always do this first).
- Send someone to retrieve the AED, if one is nearby.
- If the victim is not breathing and has no pulse, someone trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) should begin CPR until the AED arrives.
Ideally, an AED should be used by a person trained in CPR/AED. However, if a trained person is not on the scene, the AED can be used by untrained individuals. It provides audio prompts with clear step-by-step directions for its use.
It is important to note that an AED should only be used when the victim is not breathing and has no pulse.
AED locations in 21 N Park Street:
- First floor, Park Street lobby, 10’ to the right of the elevators
- Fifth floor, outside the door to Suite 5100P
- Seventh floor, outside the door to Suite 7223
AED location at MDS/SWAP:
- Between the doors to Offices 130 and 129
AED location at 333 E Campus Mall
- Third floor, outside Room 3207
- Ninth floor, outside Room 9701
- Eleventh floor, outside Room 1101
- There is also one in the main lobby area, 702 West Johnson Street
Most AEDs on campus are linked to an app called Pulse Point which sends an alert to first responders in a one-mile radius when an AED is removed from the cabinet. This has proven to be extremely effective in getting trained personnel on the scene very quickly. More information about Pulse Point can be found here: https://www.pulsepoint.org/,
Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to get trained in CPR/AED. If you would like to be trained, please discuss with your supervisor. Free first aid/CPR/AED training is now available through the Precollege Compliance Program. Check the Learning and Talent Development (OHRD) for dates/times or contact Dawn (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.