Automated External Defribrillator (AED) - These are portable electronic devices installed in public places to improve the survival rate of an individual suffering cardiac arrest. You will find units in many University of Alberta buildings. Each AED is independently purchased and managed by units and departments.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will support any department who chooses to purchase an AED, however they are not centrally controlled or coordinated by us.
The purchase and funding for a device are the responsibility of individual departments and faculties. The Heart Safe Community provides a vendors list. Costs are, approximately, a new battery:($170-240) every 4 years and new pads ($50) evey 2 years.
If you would like help finding or purchasing an AED, please contact us.
We recommend that each AED be registered with the Heart Safe Community. This program is operated by Alberta Health Services (AHS). Locations of U of A registered AEDs are accessible by 911 dispatch and first responders.
AEDs do require some ongoing maintenance and monitoring; this task will need to be assigned to someone in the department that purchases the AED.
AEDs are not governed by Occupational Health and Safety, though OHS does provide recommendations. AEDs are governed by the Emergency Medical Aid Act. Review the Heart Safe community Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) Program Handout - June 2013 for further information.
List of Known AEDs on North Campus