Automated External Defibrillators
High Point University and its Safety & Protection Technology Department are committed to the health and safety of its students, staff, faculty and visitors. Thanks to technological improvements and lower costs, automated external defibrillators (AEDs) may now be safely acquired, installed and used by University departments to save victims of sudden cardiac arrest. An AED is used to urgently diagnose and treat ventricular fibrillation. An AED is attached to a victim’s chest to assess the heart’s rhythm. If appropriate, the device will recommend that a shock be delivered to resume a safe rhythm for the victim’s heart. When delivered, a metered electrical charge restores the heart’s functionality and often saves the victim’s life.
AEDs are most successful when their first shock is delivered within three to four minutes of sudden cardiac arrest onset. Because of this, Safety & Protection Technology has installed AEDs in accessible and visible locations throughout campus and continually expands the program. Because of their ease of use and built-in safeguards, untrained bystanders have successfully used an AED (but they are intended for use by trained personnel).
Click here for a list of all publicly accessible AEDs on campus.
Department AED Procurement:
Departments interested in an AED for their space should complete this form. Departments are requested to fund the acquisition of the AED unless capital funds exist. The Safety & Protection Technology Department will maintain the equipment including monthly inspection and routine maintenance.