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
- Housing security vehicles
- Athletic and recreational sports venues
- Performance venues
- Plant 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) 647-1142.