If you encounter someone having a heart attack, you could save their life if you act quickly.
What is an AED?
An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try and restore a normal rhythm.
AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest, commonly referred to as a heart attack (source).
You don’t need training to use an AED – the unit tells you what to do.
(AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator)
Where can I find an AED on Campus?
Use the Campus Maps page on the UC Website to find the locations of AEDs on campus.
- Type AED into the Search box at the top left.
- Press Enter.
– heart symbols appear on the map, indicating the location of each AED on the Campus.
- Click a heart symbol to view an AED’s precise location.
Why would I need an AED?
- Each year more than 2,000 New Zealanders will suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital.
- For 72% of cardiac arrests a bystander will perform CPR
- People may show no warnings or prior symptoms and 12% survive to hospital discharge following a cardiac arrest
- Use of an AED within 3-5 min of collapse can increase the chance of survival by up to 44% (source).
If you’d like instruction on First Aid, courses are run by Health & Safety, accessible through the L&D Professional Development Programme.