Automated External Defibrillaors (AED)
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can occur at all ages. The only treatment of SCA is defibrillation such as that provided by an automated external defibrillator (AED). In the United States more than 350,000 people die each year from SCA before reaching a hospital. In many cases SCA can be reversed with early defibrillation. Defibrillation involves shocking the heart with an electric current that allows the heart to reestablish its normal rhythm. To be most effective, defibrillation must occur as soon as possible after the onset of SCA. The chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest decreases by 7-10 percent per minute until defibrillation. AEDs have been shown to be easy to use (by nonmedical personnel), are safe, and are effective in saving lives.
The Department of Environmental Health & Safety is responsible for coordinating and implementing the Universitiy's AED Progam. The program was developed as a result of the NYS Office of General Services (OGS) promulgation of regulations requiring all NYS owned/operated public buildings to be equipped with on-site cardiac automated external defibrillators (AED'S).