Environmental Health and Safety

Automated External Defibrillators - Emergency Preparedness and Management

Cleveland State University has Automated External Defibrillators (AED) located in certain campus buildings. CSU Police vehicles are also equipped with AEDs. AEDs are an effective tool to address individuals experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrests are often the result of abnormal heart rhythms, the majority of which are ventricular fibrillation. Ventricular fibrillation is a condition where the heart’s electrical impulses become irregular and chaotic, resulting in blood no longer being pumped efficiently throughout the body.

How an AED Works

Once turned on, prompts appear that guide AED users through the process. One of the initial prompts instructs the user to connect the AED to the victim by placing adhesive pads on the victim’s chest.

The AED analyzes the victim’s heart rate to determine if a shock is needed. If the AED unit does not detect an abnormal heart rhythm, no shock can be delivered. If a shock is needed, the AED will prompt the user to press a button that will deliver the shock.

View the AED Program.