Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device that will:

  • Analyze the heart rhythm of an individual in cardiac arrest
  • Recognize a shockable rhythm
  • Advise the operator (through voice prompts and L.E.D. indicators) whether the individual should be shocked

This means that it is possible for non-medical professionals to administer a controlled electric shock to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. The AED ensures that an electric shock is delivered only when necessary.  Currently, over 300 AED units are available across the campus, including:

  • The University of Michigan (U-M) Police Department patrol vehicles
  • Student Life security vehicles
  • Athletic and recreational sports venues
  • Performance venues
  • F&O High Voltage utility vehicles
  • The College of Engineering buildings

Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, and Manuals


Anyone expected to use an AED in a cardiac emergency should be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the appropriate use of AED devices.

The U-M preferred vendor for AED selection, purchase, and training is Aventric/HeartAED.  CPR Training is also available.

If you have any questions on the AED program feel free to contact Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) at (734) 647-1143.

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