What is an AED?
A semi-Automatic External Defibrillator, AED for short, is a small portable device that analyzes the heart rhythm of a person who is in cardiac arrest. It determines if the person is in a rhythm called Ventricular Fibrillation (VF). If the person is in VF, the AED will deliver a series of shocks that, depending on the circumstances, could convert the person's heart rhythm back to the normal rhythm and greatly increase their chance of survival.
The goal, with the placement of AEDs in public places, is to have the unit applied and a shock delivered within three minutes. This statistic increases the chance that a cardiac arrest victim will walk out of the hospital from ten percent or less to sixty to seventy percent. An ambulance, even in the best system, might take upwards of ten minutes to arrive even if someone immediately calls 911.
The Powerheart G3 Defibrillator that is installed around campus, in the University Police Vehicles and Fire Marshal Vehicles
AEDs that are installed around campus are mounted in conspicuous locations in a white case. The cases are alarmed.
For more information, please call the Fire Marshals office at (631) 632-9678, or e-mail Doug Pyne.