An Automated External Defibrillator is a device about the size of a laptop computer that analyzes the heart’s rhythm for an abnormality and, if necessary, directs the rescuer through voice prompts to deliver an electrical shock to the victim. The shock, called defibrillation, may help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm on its own and save someone’s life.
AEDs are available in many ASU buildings and facilities. They will typically be located in a building's lobby and main corridors inside a tamper-resistant cabinet. There will always be an AED sign above the cabinet.
Instructions for using an AED:
- Call 911.
- Open the unit and follow the instructions.
- If there is an alarm, ignore it.
EHS offers awareness training, and Sun Devil Fitness Centers offer AED certification. View AED training on the EHS training webpage.