An AED is intended to be used by persons who have been trained in its operation. The user should be qualified by training in basic life support or other physician-authorized emergency medical response (CPR/AED certification).
In simplest terms, an AED should be applied to a person who is exhibiting symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest. Once activated, an AED will prompt a rescuer to place pads on the victim’s bare chest. The AED will then analyze the victim’s heart rhythm, charge, and advise that it will deliver a defibrillation shock if the victim is in persistent ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia.
The Division of Public Safety will coordinate Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and AED training for your school or center’s AED responders. Contact the Office of Deputy Chief of Police, Tactical and Emergency Readiness, Michael Fink at 215-898-9935 or to schedule CPR and AED training.
Video by CardiacScience, with information on the G3 Plus Automatic AED machine used on our campus: