The automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable computerized medical device that can check a person's heart rhythm. It can recognize a rhythm that requires a defibrillation shock. It can also advise the rescuer when a shock is needed. The AED uses a combination of voice prompts, text messages and graphical instructions to tell the rescuer the steps to take.
AEDs are very accurate and easy to use. With a few hours of training, you can learn to operate an AED safely. There are many different brands of AEDs, but the same basic procedures apply to all types. The university’s current recommended AED unit for campus deployment is the Cardiac Science Powerheart AED G3 Automatic.