Automated External Defibrillator Program

An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device that will analyze the heart rhythm of a person in cardiac arrest, recognize a shockable rhythm, and advise the operator (through voice prompts and L.E.D indicators) whether the rhythm 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 devices ensure that an electric shock is delivered only when necessary.

Anyone expected to use an AED in a cardiac emergency should be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the appropriate use of AED devices. To request training, contact EHS Specialist Kevin Bean by phone at 3-0921 or by email at beanke@umd.umich.edu