Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are portable defibrillators that deliver an electrical shock in effort to revive a person that has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. These devices are rapidly gaining recognition as a lifesaving tool because they are easy to use and will deliver an electrical shock only if it is appropriate.You have probably seen them in airports, health clubs, hotels, or other public places - including around Campus! Federal laws have been established that provide "Good Samaritan" protections for anyone who uses an AED to try to revive a person in cardiac arrest. They do not replace cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in emergency situations, but delivering an electrical shock to a person in cardiac arrest quickly is the most important part of the CPR process. Nor do they replace appropriate training for any type of emergency response.
The University AED Plan addresses the following:
To become trained in the use of CPR and AED use, contact Education@kumc.edu, or continue to check back here - KUPD will soon be posting a regular training schedule!