Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)

What is an AED?

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An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs.

SCA usually causes death if it's not treated within minutes. In fact, each minute of SCA leads to a 10 percent reduction in survival. Using an AED on a person who is having SCA may save the person's life.

TWU has purchased a number of AEDs and placed them in strategic locations, including campus emergency response vehicles, medical treatment areas, large event venues, as well as athletics facilities and other areas where individuals experience significant physical exertion. AEDs will be equipped with an emergency kit of basic CPR/first aid supplies and personal protective equipment if such supplies are not otherwise available in the immediate area. AEDs shall also be equipped with pediatric electrode pads in DPS vehicle and any areas where children or infants would regularly be present.

AEDs on campus are in compliance with URP 04.430.

AED Locations on Campus

Below is the current list of AED locations at TWU. Note that not all of the listed AEDs will be accessible to the public, or may only be accessible during certain times. This includes AEDs in police vehicles, as well as those in buildings/areas that may be locked for security reasons.

LocationRoom
MCL Speech/Language Lab MCL 6th Floor
Conference Services Hubbard Hall Near SE Ballroom in Hallway
Woodcock Woman's Clinic HDB Room 011
Dental Hygiene Clinic MCL Adjacent Room 117
Student Health Services Near Nursing Station
Pioneer Hall Outside Weight Room (223)
Exercise Physiology Lab/Room 116
Running Track, North Wall
Pool Desk Area
PH 133 (Training Room)
PH 133 (Training Room)
Athletic Arena (Near SE Exit)
Fitness & Recreation Second Floor Near Elevator
Exercise Equipment Area
Basketball Court
Mobile AED
DGL Gymnastics Gym
Golf Course  Clubhouse
Music/Margo Jones 1st floor Lobby near Room 107
TWU Denton DPS Police Vehicles
Dallas Campus Fitness Center/Room 3300
Police Office/Room 1286
Physical Therapy
Houston Campus Fitness Center/Room 2240
Police Office/Room 1114A
10th Floor Research Area/Near 10124

Training

AED training is required for any employees who would be required to utilize an AED as part of their job. This training is generally combined with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid training. EH&S currently does not provide this training. Talk to your supervisor about AED training if required for your position. Training, including periodic recertification, will conform to the American Heart Associate (AHA) Heartsaver AED and/or American Red Cross standards.

AED Maintenance

Risk Management is responsible for maintaining AEDs in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. This includes inspections of the AED itself, as well as pad and battery replacement, inspection and replacement of associated first aid kit materials, and any other required tasks. Departments where AEDs are located are encouraged to immediately any maintenance AED issues to Risk Management.

Page last updated 5:14 PM, August 17, 2021